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.

G.E.M.S. is currently looking for Mentors! G.E.M.S. (Giving, Empowering, Mentorship, and Self-Identity), is a female oriented program designed to educate, inspire, and reshape the behaviors of teenage girls. We are looking to incorporate connections between female youth (girls ages 13-17 years) and mentors (women ages 25 & up) to help mold our female youth into the gems they were meant to be!

G.E.M.S. Conference 2019 Treasuring Myself. Treasuring My Sisters.

The G.E.M.S. Conference - “Treasuring Myself. Treasuring My Sisters.” - is designed to provide support to girls ages 13 to 17 from across the city of Chicago.  The goal is to unite teens from different neighborhoods and provide a day of self-discovery and self-worth while building life-long bonds of sisterhood. Join us on March 16, 2019 at Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts for this amazing event! For more information, go to gemsconferencechicago.org.


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

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
— Aesop