About the Open Book Program


The Institute for Positive Living’s office is at:

435 E. 35th St., 2nd floor, Suite One
Chicago, IL 60616

Contact us at:

Phone: 773-924-9802
Fax: 773-924-9801
Email: openbook@ameritech.net

The Open Book program is held in its computer lab at 3620 S Rhodes. You can contact Open Book at the lab directly:

Phone: 773-924-9803


Open Book is one of the programs of the Institute of Positive Living. Open Book is a multifaceted after-school program for young adolescents in which participants are engaged in activities that encourage the development of reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Institute for Positive Living is to promote the quality of community life with special focus on helping families solve educational, social and economic problems.

Core Values

Unlike other literacy-focused programs, Open Book does not teach children to read. Instead, all of its activities are designed to promote reading as a source of fulfillment, a learning tool and a necessity for personal growth and development. Our approach is centered in five core values that include a passion and commitment to:

  • Creativity
  • Empowerment
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Opportunity

These core values will be reflected in all of our decisions, actions, and interactions.

We believe…

  • Reading is the reward that transports individuals from the “block” to the world of ideas. Therefore we will cultivate partnerships and utilize resources to ensure program continuity and growth.
  • Integrity is at the heart of every good program. Therefore we will maintain the highest standards in selecting and presenting materials and developing staff and volunteers.
  • That reading is empowering and provides an avenue to personal freedom. Therefore we will utilize multifaceted activities to stimulate a love of reading and to foster curiosity and creativity.
  • Hard work determination and reading contributes to a successful life. Therefore we will create an environment that fosters commitment to hard work, determination and a love for reading.

More Programs @ IPL

Besides Open Book, the Institute for Positive Living also organizes several additional programs:

Teen Reach

Teen Reach is a media-focused program aimed to help students enrolling in high schools, featuring activities like African Dance, music production, and graphic design.

African drumming
Graphic design

Male Mentoring

Young men are partnered with male mentors that encourage them to make positive lifestyle choices.