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Beacon Place



Focus Areas:

  • Food Access
  • School Programs / Youth Education

Organization Mission:

Beacon Place is a neighborhood community center in Waukegan with programs for children and families that focus on academic growth, improved health, and building the skills that allow individuals and families to see their own path to a brighter tomorrow.


  • Summer Lunch Bunch: Provide lunch, with assistance from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and day camp activities for children ages 4-18 who rely on a subsidized meal during regular school year.
  • Backpack Program: Each Thursday during the summer, every child leaves with a backpack of food including enough food for six meals on the weekend including whole fresh fruits and vegetables. At the end of the summer, the child receives a backpack to keep, filled with supplies to start the school year.
  • Beacon Place Tutoring Program: A curriculum-based remediation and enrichment program for students with support provided in math, reading, writing, STEM, art, and computer coding.
  • Launch Teens: The Launch Program is committed to setting up our 8th-12th grade students for successful futures. The program focuses on college and career readiness, financial literacy and life skills, and social emotional learning and enrichment.
  • Parent Programs: We work to support parents and caregivers with programs including ESL, health and nutrition, exercise and yoga,  parenting support, civic responsibility, and community engagement. Liberty Prairie Foundation offers fresh, organic vegetables weekly during the summer that our parents are able to purchase at subsidized prices.

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