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Alternatives provides essential programs and services for young people and their families on the north side of Chicago and beyond. Programs include counseling, after-school and summertime activities, career and employment services, cultural and arts activities, and more.
Our range of programs and services are designed to meet the dynamic and ever-changing needs and interests of the youth we serve. Through Alternatives, young people develop in three key areas: connection, confidence, and knowledge. Programs are youth-led, youth-focused, and constantly evolving along with the youth who inform and participate in them.
Urban Arts enables young people ages 14 to 18 to explore the arts, growing at their own pace, working with other teens from around the city to create and stage original performances and exhibitions.
Career and Employment Services prepares youth for their futures through pre-employment and career planning by providing individual coaching, workshops, skills training, and apprenticeship opportunities, with a particular focus on technology skills development.
Girl World gives girls between the ages of 10 and 18 a safe space in which to focus on increasing self-esteem and self-expression, building skills and developing leadership abilities.
Restorative Justice builds competency and accountability among young people while increasing school and community safety by offering alternatives to traditional punitive disciplinary approaches.
Through Youth Empowerment Project (YEP!), high school students develop communications materials aimed at encouraging their peers to avoid alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Clinical Services pairs licensed professionals with young people and their families to develop new skills and address conflict, peer relationships, depression, substance abuse, violence, and grief/loss through individual, group, and family therapy, 24-hour crisis intervention, and outpatient substance abuse treatment.