Dedicated to enhancing the talents, lives and spirits of community youth through education, mentoring and linkages to resources.

Reverend Michael L. Pfleger named ”The Ark” to symbolize a safe haven for at-risk youth.  From education to employment, The ARK offers a vast array of free programs for youth and young adults ages 6-28.  The ARK serves between 70-120 youth on a daily basis in Englewood and Auburn-Gresham at no cost to them and their families.

See below for our most recent fall programs and updates, and as always, 

Welcome to The Ark!


G.E.M.S. Mentoring Program!

G.E.M.S is a mentoring program designed to educate, inspire and reshape the behaviors of teenage girls. Through 1 on 1 mentoring, field trips, and group discussions, this program helps to develop these girls into the GEMS they were created to be.

Applications are now open for young girls to become a mentee. (Mentor application has closed). Please click the links below or visit our GEMS Mentoring Page fore more details!


R.I.S.E Mentoring Program!

R.I.S.E is a mentoring program mentoring program for high school boys who have had exposure to the juvenile justice system, and are considered at-risk of being exposed to violence or becoming a perpetrator of violence.  The program is led by mentors who offer a space for candid discussion and emotional development, while connecting each mentee with the resources they need to overcome barriers in life.

Space is Limited! Contact Cliff Davis: 773-496-4137

It is our responsibility to brush the dust off of our children’s dreams and reawaken them.
— Rev. Michael Pfleger

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— Hope K.