We’re here to nurture your mind with our unique array of essential education programs.


High School Preparation/ Literacy Tutoring

The small-class format of this program is designed to offer individual assistance for the adult student who has been away from school for some time or has difficulty learning in a large classroom environment. Volunteer teachers – all experienced educators – assist in this activity, which is carried out at different times during the week. The focus is on basic math skills and reading/writing skills.


Sister Jean Hughes Adult High School

This single-semester, senior year equivalency program provides an opportunity for formerly incarcerated adult students (over the age of 21) to earn a High School Completion Certificate. The program has been in operation for 16 years and has graduated well over 500 students. Classes meet four nights a week for 3.5 hours and are taught by some of the finest educators in Chicago; most are seasoned college professors or adult educators. For those who are not residents of Saint Leonard’ Ministries and are interested in enrolling, registration for the fall semester opens the first week of August, and registration for the spring semester opens the second week of January.

Life Skills Training

Financial Literacy

To prepare participants for self-sufficiency, the Barlow Center offers a 4-week financial literacy class to teach participants about opening a bank account, how to establish good credit, budgeting, banking in the digital age, and other important financial topics.

"Everybody is about progress. I love this place because it is continually moving me forward day by day."

— Edward, Barlow Center Alum

Life Skills Training

Computer Literacy

Through a 4-week computer literacy class, participants have access to one-on-one support that empowers them to become more comfortable and confident with computers in their personal and professional lives. Computer Literacy provides participants with basic computer skills, internet and e-mail basics, an introduction to Windows and Microsoft Suite, and how to research on the internet, including career searching.




Eric Courts

Employment Specialist



Patti Keys

Office Administrator



Doug Nestingen

Director of Education & Work Force Solutions