Kickoff Luncheon Tickets on Sale Now

WTTW To Be Honored


This year’s Back 2 School kickoff event is being held at the festive and colorfulCarnivale located at 702 W. Fulton St in Chicago. In addition to hosting the luncheon at this exciting venue, there are number of new and expanded elements. We will giving out a total of 5 college scholarship awards in partnership with the Community Currency Exchange Association of Illinois and the Tufano Family.


New Name For Our Nonprofit

Back 2 School Illinois replaces ICECF


We’ve changed our name to better reflect who we are and the work we do. In the coming months all of our communications will be converted to Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) from the Illinois Currency Exchange Foundation, NFP (ICECF). The Board of Directors voted in the fall of last year to make the name change. While our name may be changing, our commitment to education has not. Our mission still remains; to create and support educational opportunities that enrich the lives of Illinois children.



Back 2 School Kickoff Luncheon Set For June 8


This year’s Back 2 School kickoff luncheon will be at the festive and colorful Carnivale located at 702 W. Fulton St. in Chicago. Don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE. We are excited to be moving this year’s event to this imaginative and dynamic space.

200 Children at the Pederson-McCormick Boys & Girls Club Get Kits

Uptown Club A Beacon of Hope In Challenging Community


The holiday’s can be tough for many but in particular children that come from low-income families and often aren’t able to get much in the way of presents. So, it was particularly rewarding to brighten the Christmas season for 200 youth that attend programs and use the facilities at the Pederson-McCormick Boys & Girls Club located on Sheridan Rd. just north of Lawrence.


Centro Communitario Juan Diego Kids Receive Special Holiday Gifts

Children Dig Into Back 2 School Kits


As we continue to expand our efforts to put more school supplies into the hands of children, we are partnering with more community organizations of all sizes. One of our newest partnerships is with Centro Communitario Juan Diego, which serves the South Chicago area and provides many vital programs such as health care, social services, and family education. As a part of their Christmas celebration that included lots of gifts each child received one of our Back 2 School kits.


Kids “Eat Up” Exercise & Nutrition
Boot Camp

And Parents Like It Too


Our first ever Power Up! Boot Camp program was a success, though not exactly the way we intended. We had initially envisioned a bigger event but we ended up with a smaller one that allowed us to provide each child with more individual attention. With an instructor/student ratio of 5 to 1, the children were able to ask more questions, do more activities and by the looks on their faces and the sound of their voices, had a ton of fun.


Students at Jesse Sherwood and
Mahalia Jackson Elementary Surprised on First Day of Classes

Each Student Receives Own Back 2 School Kit


The first day of school is always a bit chaotic as students switch gears from summer vacation mode. So much goes on during the first day including meeting new teachers, finding classrooms, meeting new classmates and reconnecting with old ones and checking out any building changes such as a fresh coat of paint, new desks and computers in the lab.


Back 2 School Event at Broadway Park Armory Scores Big

School Supplies Distribution and Activities for YMCA Kids A Winner


We participate in many school supply distribution events but this one at the Broadway Park Armory is the granddaddy of them all. Last year we had our big distribution event here and because it was such a success we decided to come back.

This year we trucked in close to 25,000 Back 2 School kits filled with over three quarters of a million school supplies.


Back 2 School Program


Our Back 2 School program, the state’s largest, provided over 25,000 underprivileged children with 750,000 school supplies in 2013.


POWER UP! Boot Camp - A Healthy Minds/Healthy Bodies Program



Our new Power Up! Boot Camp teaches children about the importance of getting enough exercise and proper nutrition and how it impacts their performance both in and out of the classroom.


Back 2 School Program – Win School Supplies for an Entire School Contest


Win school supplies for each and every student of an elementary school. Be a hero by helping to provide one lucky school with a box of school supplies for every single student this fall.

College Scholarship Program


Each year we provide scholarships to deserving Illinois high school seniors so they can attend college. Recipients also receive complimentary tickets to attend ICECF’s Back 2 School program kickoff luncheon. For more information on our 2015 program including application guidelines and requirements, Click Here.


 Back 2 School Documentary


A year in the making, our documentary illustrates the plight of students not having school supplies and how it effects them along with their families as well as the burden it places on teachers. While the problem is a serious one, the film also shows how the Back 2 School program is working to fix the problem and how people can get involved and help.