Kickoff Luncheon at Carnivale Proves A Hit With Guests

Speakers and Honorees Inspire Crowd


Even before the luncheon got underway we anticipated the event was going to be a winner. After all, a record amount of sponsor dollars had already been committed. Plus, many of our guests who were already familiar with our host site, Carnivale, were jazzed to experience this dynamic venue once again. As the afternoon progressed it became clear we were right. Those in attendance enjoyed the festive setting and delicious food as well as being moved by the series of speakers that graced the stage throughout the afternoon.


New “Build A Kit” Program Launches Successfully

Deloitte Employees Raise Funds & Donate Time To Assemble Kits


The South Side YMCA played host to 25 Deloitte employees as they spent all day putting together 2,500 of our Back 2 School kits. Later this summer these kits will end up in the hands of children from area YMCA’s as well as military families through our partnership with Operation Homefront. It was a substantial undertaking that required 16 pallets of school supplies including notebooks, crayons, pens, pencils, rulers and protractors, delivered in bulk, which had to be unloaded, sorted and then placed into our Back 2 School kit boxes. The Deloitte volunteers, while clearly exhausted by days end, where simultaneously energized by the impressive amount of work they accomplished.


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.


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 Program


Our Back 2 School program, the state’s largest, provided over 28,000 children form low income families with 850,000 school supplies in 2014.


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 complementary tickets to attend the Spring Back 2 School kickoff event. Our 2015 scholarships have already been awarded. For more information on our 2016 program including application guidelines and requirements, check back here in January of 2016.


 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.