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 and Mentees! 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!


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