Chicago HOPES Making A Difference For Homeless Children

01/14/2011 09:30 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Gapers Block

On a typical weekday, Chicagoans will pass dozens of children with their backpacks heading to school.

But what many don't know is that there are 15,000 Chicago Public Schools students who are self-identified as homeless. Of that, about 1,700 live in shelters, according to a study done by the National Center on Family Homelessness. This number has tripled in the last 10 years.

Martin Elliott, a 10-year-old fifth grader at Gregory Math and Science Elementary, is one of the many homeless children in Chicago. But thanks to an after-school tutoring organization called Chicago HOPES, Banks has hope for the future.

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