As our school grows, so too does our list of partnerships with various non-profit institutions. We’re incredibly thankful for those in the Englewood community and beyond who have invested their time, knowledge and passions with the students at MSE. 


We take on new partnerships on an ongoing basis. If your organization is interested in getting involved with MSE, please contact Maggie Mikuzis at


The Trotter Project

The Trotter Project is the philosophical legacy of the late, great Chicago chef, Charlie Trotter. The non-profit is based on the belief that excellence and purpose are best achieved through service to others. In pursuit of excellence in culinary and hospitality, the Trotter Project educates and mentors aspiring chefs and young people through scholarships, summer camps, garden projects, and more. The Trotter Project, along with Chicago Master Gardeners and the University of Illinois Extension, has guided MSE through the development of our community garden. This collaboration teaches students where their food comes from, how it’s grown, and how to prepare it themselves, inspiring them to steward the earth they will inherit. Learn more about the Trotter Project here


World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen is a nonprofit organization founded by chef José Andrés that has served over forty million meals worldwide in times of need. Since the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, thousands of those meals have gone to MSE students and the greater Englewood community. Nearly every day of the pandemic, MSE has distributed hundreds of meals courtesy of World Central Kitchen. We’re so grateful for the ability to keep our community nourished and engaged during such a challenging time. You can learn more about World Central Kitchen here

Lawyers Lend-a-Hand

A function of the Chicago Bar Association, Lend-a-Hand pairs students with volunteer attorneys for tutoring and mentorship. Each Tuesday evening during the school year, students are bussed downtown to the CBA for extra academic help, but also to get a taste of Chicago beyond their own neighborhood. The program focuses on literacy — tutors give their students individualized reading plans every week. If you are interested in having your child in Lend-A-Hand Tutoring, you can fill out an application in the school office or contact Kathryn McCabe at (312) 554-2041 or You can also learn more about Lawyers Lend-a-Hand here


EarthHeart Foundation 

EarthHeart Foundation works with mothers in Englewood and Woodlawn, giving them the tools to build peace in their communities. EarthHeart proves a safe and loving environment for women to connect and create caring, healing relationships to themselves and others. You can learn more about the EarthHeart Foundation here


Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute

The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides professional training and sliding scale therapy. Through its schools initiative, the CPI has been a partner since the early days of MSE, providing individual and group interventions as well as parent, family, teacher and staff consultations. This collaboration allows us to prioritize the mental health and well-being of students and community members alike. You can learn more about the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute here.