2018 Avila in Action Grant Winners

The Stewardship Committee is pleased to announce our 2018 Avila in Action grant winners. These six groups were selected from 24 applicants. Thank you to all applicants continuously working to change Chicago and the world through new ideas and God’s work.

Chicago Jesuit Academy

$3,000:  Located in one of Chicago's most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods, CJA will use the grant to Avila in Action toward a trauma-informed care program, to make sure students who experience trauma are well-supported. 

Dominican University

$4,800:  This grant supports Ministry en lo Cotidiano, a program to develop lay leadership among young Hispanic/Latino/a Catholic providing direct service to Hispanic/Latino/a populations in different areas of metropolitan Chicago.

La Main Devine

$5,000:  A school in rural, impoverished Haiti providing education to 307 students ranging from Pre-K to High School. This grant award will supply La Main Devine with 6 computers and funding of one year of access.

St. Agatha

$5,000:  Located in an area of concentrated poverty, St. Agatha supports programs that address the source of the ongoing violence and trauma that plagues North Lawndale.  This grant supports The News School program, which focuses on teaching journalism skills to motivated high school students, dropouts, and unemployed young adults (age 15-24). 

The Dovetail Project

$5,000:  The mission of The Dovetail Project is to give African-American fathers, ages 17 to 24, the skills and support they need to be better fathers for their children and better men in their communities. 


$5,000:  VOCEL seeks to jumpstart a child's brain development with cutting-edge parent coaching and innovative early learning rooted in language development and social-emotional support.