Family Matters ( is preparing for their 25th annual Walk-a-thon, which will take place on May 17, 2014.  

For the past 27 years, Family Matters has supported youth through their educational and personal journeys with after-school, teen, and evening programs. This school year, we have engaged our approximate 100 after-school students in a “college for youth” structure that seeks to excite students about learning, strengthen their social and emotional learning skills, and support them in achieving targeted academic benchmarks along a college-bound trajectory. 100% of funds raised from the Walk-a-thon will support our current programming.

Fueled by Family Matters children and families, our Walk-a-thon is a community-building for the North of Howard neighborhood. The 5-mile walk begins at Gale Academy, proceeds up along Lake Michigan into Evanston, and ends back at Gale Park where a multi-ethnic picnic is provided to participants at no charge.

Family Matters is currently looking for corporate sponsors for their upcoming Walk-a-Thon.  Sponsorships start at $1,000 and go up to $5,000.  For more information on how you can support Family Matters, please contact Gretchen Nord, Director of Development at

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