After School Solutions

for Kankakee County's Kids

Enrollment Now Open!  No Cost To Attend!

Kankakee County youth in grades 4 -12 are welcome to enroll to be part of the inaugural Justice Academy Summer & After-School Program!


The Justice Academy is open Monday through Friday from 4pm - 8pm. Beginning June 1, 2021, our hours will be Monday through Friday from 12pm-4pm.  In addition to academic enrichment, tutoring and mentoring opportunities, activities include organized sports



professional basketball skills clinics brought to you by Billy Baptist; arts & media programming, podcasts & more with Zach Clark; learn the sport of boxing in partnership with JABS Gym; SEL classes with Melanie McCummiskey; theater instruction taught by Lai Jen Lozano; and learn the culinary arts, participate in organized sports, attend college visits and receive resume, job placement and career guidance assistance.  This program is funded by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education and further staffed with volunteers from throughout our community.  Hours will be adjusted when school resumes in the fall to accommodate the after-school hours.

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Enrollment is limited.  The Program is FREE.

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State’s Attorney Introduces an After-School Solution for Kankakee County’s Kids


KANKAKEE, IL – The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office announces that it has been awarded a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to operate an after-school program for court-involved and opportunity youth in Kankakee County.  The program will be called “Justice Academy” and will facilitate tutoring, social-emotional learning (SEL), organized sports, arts and media programming, college tours and culinary arts during the hours when youth are most at risk of becoming offenders or victims of crime.  This program will also work in partnership with and provide 50 financial scholarships to youth who mentor and train with Kankakee-based JABS (Junior Advanced Boxing & Sports).


“With this grant, we increase our investment in prevention and intervention efforts throughout Kankakee County.  The Justice Academy is aimed at improving academic outcomes and expanding enrichment opportunities for youth, with a focus on interrupting the cycle of trauma and resultant behaviors that usually precede delinquency.  Those who work with struggling youth in our community see the extraordinary untapped potential in every child, notwithstanding their current challenges.  While these are not quick-fixes, they are instead long-term investments that are necessary if we are ever going to reduce violence and trauma in our community.  A prosecutor’s office may not seem like the likeliest of agencies to lead this effort, but in Kankakee County we are doing our best to reform juvenile justice and this Academy is a long step in that direction.”


The ISBE grant funds fourteen part-time positions as part of the Justice Academy.  These positions consist of a Program Coordinator, Supervising Tutor, nine (9) academic tutors, Arts & Media Coordinator, Sports Coordinator and SEL Coordinator.  Applicants must be over the age of 18 and able to pass a thorough background check.   


Enrollment information for youth will be posted in the near future.


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