Alternatives has been a leader and innovator among Chicago’s youth-serving organizations since it was founded in 1971. Alternatives supports and empowers thousands of Chicago youth each year, working to build safer and more vibrant communities. Our youth development programs provide opportunities for youth to build skills through the arts, technology, participatory action research, employment training and placement, gender-specific activities, restorative justice programs, peer-focused communications campaigns and behavioral health services. Our staff work throughout Chicago to deliver these programs, both in schools and within the communities. Alternatives has two youth centers, one in Uptown and one in Washington Park. Please see our open positions and ways to get involved below!

Alternatives is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  

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