In Ward 5ís Edgewood Commons affordable housing community where the average annual income is just $12,000, Beacon House shines a powerful light. In a typical year, weekdays bring some 150 children and youth, ages 5-18, to this after-school education and youth development organization for homework help, one-on-one and group tutoring, STEM lessons, and college readiness programming. Trusted adults from the community and nearby universities serve as volunteers and mentors, providing students with academic support while fostering a sense of stability and belonging. Many students also take part in the award-winning athletics program, which attracts more than 300 youth from all over the city. Results are transformational: more than 90% of seniors graduate in a typical year and enroll in college, technical training, or military service within four months. For children in Ward 5 and beyond, Beacon House ensures that the future is bright.