“It’s great to come here. Everyone is friendly! I actually have fun while learning.  During the Enrichment session I can play drums or basketball and work on puzzles, Legos, games, and more.” DM

“I like coming to Notre Dame Urban Learning Center because I get my homework done and I learn about new things such as countries and places all over the world.  During Enrichment I enjoy especially enjoy drumming and playing on the piano.” RW

Adult Volunteer
“Volunteering at NDUEC has given me life and purpose.  I come here for the kids.  I know I make a difference in those I tutor.”

“I enjoy working with the students at NDUEC.  I have a passion for learning and I hope I can pass it on to them.  It’s a wonderful way to give back and help our children achieve.”


Dr. Ryan Woods, MD

NDUEC is grateful to Cameron’s Cause for their donation of an AED. Dr. Ryan Woods demonstrated how to use our new life saving equipment!


Paper towels
Juice Boxes
Individually wrapped snacks
Wide-Ruled Loose Leaf Paper
Wide-Ruled Notebooks
Black Pens
Blue Pens
Pencil Cases (both hard and soft)
Ticonderoga Pencils
Colored Pencils
Dry Erase Markers
Glue Sticks
Elmers Glue
Rocket Erasers
Pink Erasers
Pocket Folders with Clips
Plastic Pocket Folders
1″ Binders
Hula Hoops


2022 – 2023

91 Children

4 Transformative Programs

145+  Volunteers

3,643 Volunteer Hours

Celebrating What's New

NDUEC exists to provide transformative educational experiences that impact individual wellbeing. As we work toward fulfilling our mission, we find ourselves celebrating many new successes.

Making the safety and security of our students and staff a top priority, this spring, we completed our outdoor security project. By installing a high-quality perimeter fence around our facility, coupled with security cameras and LED floodlighting, we have increased neighborhood security, reduced property theft and damage, and improved the overall aesthetic quality of our premises.

We are also happy to announce that we are transforming our parking lot into a fun space where students and their mentors have access to outdoor activities. Our newly installed basketball hoop has become an instant favorite. As a result, students learn teamwork, good sportsmanship, and the importance of following rules. Furthermore, we have discovered that children respond quicker and with greater accuracy to various cognitive tasks after participating in a physical activity session. When physical movement is used as a break from academic learning time, post engagement effects include better attention, increased on-task behaviors, and improved academic performance. It’s a win-win!

Program Director Maria Schappert is a gifted gardener who uses her green thumb to convert our outdoor flower beds into a lively and colorful STEM Garden. This environmental project serves as an avenue toward enhancing eco-literacy, where students learn about food security, nutrition, and sustainability. In addition, we feature quarterly StoryWalks®, where students can enjoy learning about animal and plant life cycles, practice reading in natural settings, and discover their own ability to create a spectacular urban garden. Our garden is planted and nurtured by children and supported by a village of partners working together.

As we celebrate what we’ve accomplished, we look forward to raising the bar. Thanks to a generous gift from a local family foundation, we purchased a 12-passenger Ford Transit van. Soon we will provide transportation for students who need it most, which will thrust our mission forward. We are excited about the future and have much work ahead of us.

Please join us in celebrating what’s new at our second annual Cheers to a New School Year event from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at the center. Your attendance at our open-house-inspired gathering will fuel our drive for growth.