Beacon Place is Celebrating 5 Years of Serving the Waukegan Community

Beacon Place began in fall of 2012 and over the last 5 years we have seen families become healthier, kids perform better in school, adults connect and learn new things, and individuals set their sites on a new future. We have watched a community come together, creating a bright spot in an area that was looking for hope.

We can’t stop now. The growth and demand for our programs continues and the next 5 years will bring more kids, more families, more hopes, more dreams.

Help us now, by donating today!


November 10 : 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm Parent Meeting at Beacon Place – update for parents of children currently enrolled in Tutoring Program

December 8 and 9 – Christmas Boutique for Families in Beacon Place Programs

December 9: Children’s Christmas Party

December 28 11:00 – 1:00 Centennial Ice Rink – Children’s “Learn to Skate” Ice Skating Party 


who we are


Beacon Place is a neighborhood community center in Waukegan, IL with programs for children and families focused on nutrition, overall health, academic support, and the development of life skills that allow each individual to see their own path to a brighter tomorrow.


what we do


As a neighborhood community center,  we guide and inspire families toward a brighter tomorrow through programs and experiences that meet them where they are, and help them get to where they want to go.

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So many children rely on subsidized lunches during the regular school year, but when summer break begins, those school lunches are no longer available. Our lunch program helps to feed hundreds of kids each summer.

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Our kids are guaranteed to get their hands dirty in the summer Kids Garden Program! Designed to teach gardening and nutrition skills, kids gain the satisfaction of seeing how their hard work can improve their lives and their communities.

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We recognize that kids ages 12-15 require a more customized approach for personal development and community involvement. Our Tweens and Teens program helps them reach their potential.

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Only 5% of the kids in our community meet state standards, but they really want to do better in school and are willing to work hard to improve. Beacon Place provides afterschool homework help and year round tutoring in math, reading, science, and computer coding to kids kindergarten through high school.

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Strong communities start with strong families. We work to support our moms, dads and caregivers with programs including ESL, health and nutrition, parenting support, civic responsibility and community engagement.

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our impact


More than 15,000 meals, more than 9,000 pounds of food, more than 30 hours of cooking and nutrition classes


More than 6,500 hours of academic tutoring for kids, more than 1,000 hours of adult enrichment and 10 family and community wide events


More than 200 volunteers
provided nearly
8,000 volunteer hours

news and notes

Beacon Place is the midst of another busy summer!
Check out our latest newsletter for info on:

  • Update on our Summer Programs: A day in the life at Beacon Place
  • Spotlight on  the Peters Family – dedicated volunteers,
  • Miles of Smiles! Beacon Place Walk-a-thon raises more than $12,000
  • Beacon Green: A Garden of Learning

our sponsors