Saturday University


Saturday University Helps 1st- through 4th-Grade Boys and Girls Become Reading Warriors.

Every Saturday, for the next 10 weeks, in Chicago, Illinois, The Black Star Project will teach young Black boys and girls to read well, think critically, study their history, love their people, develop confidence, increase self-esteem, and move into action to improve their communities. Call 773.285.9600 to register your child for another FREE term of Saturday University!  Boys 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Girls 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

What is Saturday University?

The Black Star Project Saturday University (SU) is a comprehensive learning system designed to improve the academic performance of Chicago's children. SU features FREE math, reading, and writing tutoring (at various locations including The Black Star Project’s office) by qualified, passionate instructors who are committed to raising the achievement levels of our children. 

Why is this program important?

Students in low-income, mostly Black and Latino neighborhoods are achieving academically at incredibly low levels. In 2013, only 11% of Black, 8th-grade students in Chicago scored at or above a proficient level in reading and only 10% of Black, 8th-grade students scored at or above a proficient level in math, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (nicknamed "The Nation's Report Card"). This means that 89% of these students are NOT reading proficiently and 90% of them are NOT calculating and problem-solving proficiently in math!

Our students need help, but tutoring can be incredibly expensive. Saturday University presents an opportunity for parents and communities to take control of their children's education by ensuring they receive the extra support needed to become and remain proficient.