Positive programs defined, developed, and led by youth

Since 1971, Alternatives has pursued our mission of facilitating personal development, strengthening family relationships, and enhancing the community’s well being. Reaching 3,000 young people and their families each year, our programs focus on leadership development, prevention of violence and substance abuse, academic enrichment and counseling.

Announcing Our New Strategic Direction

Alternatives, Inc. is committed to continuous growth and improvement in services to the youth and families we serve throughout Chicago. Over the past 43 years, we have expanded to serve thousands of youth throughout the city of Chicago, offering a crucial mix of behavioral health and youth development programs and services. Now, Alternatives is ready to enter a new era of service.

This new era will be guided by the strategic direction laid out in the document below. Click on the image to read it. As we develop this direction into a full strategic plan, your input and support is welcomed and needed! To get involved, please contact Marty McConnell at mmcconnell@alternativesyouth.org or 773-506-7474 x209.


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Masked Gala a Success!

The first-ever Alternatives, Inc. Masked Gala was a tremendous success! Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who stepped up to support our crucial work by donating, sponsoring, and celebrating this year.

In addition to great food, fun masks, delicious drinks and the ever-popular silent auction, guests witnessed young people performing and sharing information about their lives and the role Alternatives plays in helping them achieve their dreams. Click to hear their stories.

The celebration succeeded in raising over $60,000 to support Alternatives in working with young people to build the skills and seek out the opportunities they need to become the people they want to be!

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