Youth Shaping Positive Change

We are the support system that provides a safe space for youth and their families to address root causes and discover positive alternatives.

Alternatives’ Response to COVID-19

Our priority at Alternatives is to keep our staff and clients safe from potential risks posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Alternatives’ Washington Park location has closed and Alternatives’ Uptown location will close beginning Thursday, March 19th until further notice. The situation will be monitored as it progresses and is subject to change.

If you are a youth in crisis, please call this number: 877-870-2663

Alternatives will be closed from Friday, May 8 through Monday, May 12 to give our staff time to recharge and care for their own mental health. While we are proud of the work our staff have been doing every day to help young people in Chicago, it’s important that at this time we prioritize our need to take care of ourselves. We will return to work remotely on Tuesday, May 12.

Our Virtual Game Night will continue as scheduled on Monday evening.

Alternatives, Inc estara cerrado desde el viernes 8 de mayo hasta el lunes 12 de mayo para dar tiempo a nuestro personal a recargar y cuidar su propia salud mental. Estamos orgullosos del trabajo que nuestro personal estan haciendan todos los días para ayudar a los jóvenes en Chicago, es importante que en este momento prioricemos nuestra necesidad de cuidarnos. Regresaremos a trabajar de forma remota el martes 12 de mayo.

Nuestra noche de juegos virtuales continuará según lo programado el lunes por la noche

About Alternatives

Since 1971, Alternatives has pursued our mission of facilitating personal development, strengthening family relationships, and enhancing the community’s well-being. Reaching 4,000 young people and their families each year, our programs focus on leadership development, prevention of violence and substance abuse, academic enrichment, and counseling.

We serve thousands of youth across Chicago each year.