The Neighborhood Schools Program

Update: The 2018-2019 Neighborhood Schools Program Application is now live for University students! Visit the Prospective Applicants page under the University Student Hub to learn more about available positions.

The Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) is one of the University of Chicago's longest-standing community outreach programs. Founded in 1976 as an effort to create pathways of engagement between the University and the local schools, our program has grown over the years to partner with 50 sites on Chicago's South Side and involves over 350 student employees and volunteers engaging with 4,000 local students each year.  Our 50 sites include local schools, afterschool centers, government offices, and a women's shelter. Collaboratively, we place students in such roles as tutors, teaching assistants, administrative interns, pre-school specialists, and technology coordinators.  NSP is also an outreach project of the University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement. NSP offers different ways for UChicago Students, Local Schools, Community Partners & Parents, UChicago Campus Partners, and UChicago Alumni to get involved!

UChicago Students

You can apply to work or volunteer with NSP, Maroon Tutor Match (MTM), Jumpstart (JS), or GEARUP (GU) during the academic year. Join MTM as a one-on-one tutor for neighborhood students, teach preschool students in Woodlawn with JS, or help GU prepare Dunbar and Hyde Park Academy high school students for college. Visit the Prospective Applicants page for more detailed information.

If you would like to share new ideas in line with NSP’s goals, please e-mail us.

Local Schools and Community Partners

If you would like NSP tutors to help your teachers and youth, are interested in collaborating with NSP or with University of Chicago students, please e-mail Shaz Rasul at

In addition, you can invite your community’s families to participate in Maroon Tutor Match, an NSP-affiliated tutor program focusing on one-on-one tutoring and community drop-in sessions for neighborhood school students. To register for tutoring, please fill out this form.

Please subscribe to the NSP Monthly Newsletter for important updates on events and programs!

UChicago Campus Partners

If you are a campus partner interested in discussing new ideas to work with NSP , please e-mail Brandi Snodgrass.

Please subscribe to the NSP Monthly Newsletter for important updates on events and programs!


If you are a UChicago alum, please visit the Alumni page to if you would like to share your story as an NSP alum, join an advisory council, volunteer with current UChicago students, and donate to the program!

For more general information, contact the office at