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

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.