Many people, foundations, and organizations contribute their time and money to help Gateway to Learning achieve its goal of developing students and adults to their full potential.

To become a GATEWAY TO LEARNING volunteer please call 773-384-3200.

Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. But did you know that it can have many benefits for you too? Here are some reasons to volunteer:

Learn or develop a new skill

Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something you are really good at and develop a new skill. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” It is never too late to learn new skills and no reason why you should stop adding to your knowledge just because you are in employment or have finished education. Planning and implementing a major fundraising event can develop goal setting, planning and budgeting skills. Supervising and training other volunteers helps to develop supervisory and training skills. These are examples of skills that can enhance a career but you don’t have to develop skills with the intention of facilitating your career. Painting a mural or making banners for International Volunteer Day – to celebrate the wonderful and priceless work that volunteers do – could gently push you to discover graphics and art talents. Explore your love for music and learn to DJ (disc jockey) so you can offer your newfound panache to local youth club discos. The possibilities are many.

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Illinois certified Special Education teachers and experienced highly trained instructors are assisted by trained aides to execute the specialized programs for the students and adults.  Full-time Speech and Occupational Therapists give individual and group therapy as needed to the students.  A Social Worker provides individual and group counseling and is available for referrals for needed information and services.


All of these individuals coordinate a Holiday Bazaar featuring baked goods and arts and crafts made by the students, adults, staff, and friends and a School Carnival in which everyone participates in games and activities and enjoys refreshments.

The Executive Director, Director of Operations & Quality Assurance, and Program Director supervise the day-to-day operation of Gateway to Learning and the implementing of the standard and originally designed curricula.

Our Board is compromised of parents, professionals, and community leaders who monitor the financial operation, general management, and program structure of Gateway to Learning. Each year the Board sponsors an Annual Dinner Dance to raise needed funds for the operation of the school and adult training program.

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Gateway to Learning
Special Education
and Training Center

4925 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-2609

P. 773-784-3200
F. 773-784-3299

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4925 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-2609  

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