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Beacon Place



Focus Areas:

  • Food Access
  • Nutrition / Food / Gardening Education
  • 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.
  • Kids Garden Program: A summer-long program designed to engage children in learning about nutrition, gardening, leadership, respect, and responsibility.
  • Tweens and Teens Program: This program focuses on building self-esteem, overall health, leadership, responsibility, and community.
  • 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.
  • 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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