ALTERNATIVES INC.: Alternatives, Inc., a youth and family agency in Chicago, is pleased that you're interested in our programs and services. We're here to build on the strengths of young people by focusing on leadership development, prevention of violence and substance abuse, academic enrichment and counseling.
CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT FUTURES: The Center for Independent Futures helps adults with disabilities and their families plan, support, and sustain new ways of living in their community through innovative practices, partnerships, models, and processes.
CHICAGO PUBLIC ART GROUP: The Chicago Public Art Group mission is to unite artists and communities in partnership to produce quality public art and to extend and transform the tradition of collaborative, community involved, public artwork.
Chicago Public Art Group goals have remained consistent over 30+ historic years of art making.
• Design public art projects in partnership with the communities while maintaining a high level of artistic quality.
• Introduce creative skills to children and adults, thereby providing them with tools to articulate their ideas and observations and the confidence to transform their physical environment.
• Train and educate professional artists in the process of creating community responsive art projects, enabling them to become responsible leaders in the field of public art.
• Educate communities to the social and aesthetic possibilities of collaborative public art.
CUSTER STREET ART FAIR: Since 1972, artists, craftspeople, antique dealers, restauranteurs, entertainers and the business community get together with 60,000 attendees for this award-winning Northshore tradition.
EVANSTON ARTS WEEK: A celebration of Evanston arts and culture each fall.
EVANSTON COMMUNITY DEFENDER: Providing legal and social services to low-income youth and their families in order to improve their quality of life at home, at school and within their communities.
EVANSTON ETHNIC ARTS FESTIVAL: Each July, since 1986, the Festival transforms the idyllic lakefront Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St., into a global village. Honoring the diversity of our planet, attendees experience the colors, sounds, and aromas of world cultures.There is live music, dance performances and art and craft work of juried artists. People can also learn the folkdance of a far-away country and explore the intriguing spices and seasonings of new ethnic foods. OSP provides a wonderful traditional arts activity at this festival.
GLENCOE YOUTH SERVICES: GYS offers teens a place where they can confide in staff, meet new friends and participate in a wide range of activities that are geared toward aiding the youth of the community, and the community at large.
HOUSING OPTIONS: Housing Options for the Mentally Ill in Evanston is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable supportive housing and mental health support to adults recovering from chronic mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. We encourage independent living and offer a safe and dignified alternative to homelessness and unnecessary institutionalization.
LEADERSHIP EVANSTON: Leadership Evanston's mission is to fill the community with committed leaders who are skilled at bringing people together to get things done. Our programs encourage and develop leadership potential and community engagement in individuals living and/or working in Evanston. Programs train participants in community leadership skills, broaden participants’ understanding of Evanston and the issues it faces, and create opportunities for networking. Open Studio Project provides a creative problem solving session for Leadership Evanston, and for Senior Leadership Evanston.
LINKS: Links North Shore Youth Health Service empowers young people to make informed, responsible decisions about their health, well-being and sexuality.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTH SHORE: Since 1909, Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI) has worked to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses and improve the care and treatment of persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders.
PEER SERVICES: PEER Services, Inc. is dedicated to preventing and alleviating the problems that substance abuse causes individuals, families and our community. A private, not-for-profit agency, PEER Services has been providing prevention and treatment services to Evanston and surrounding communities since 1975.
Our professional staff includes certified prevention specialists, certified substance abuse counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, physicians, nurses and family therapists. Treatment services are delivered in accordance with all applicable confidentiality laws. Treatment scholarships are available for individuals and families who are unable to pay the full cost of treatment.
YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS UMBRELLA Inc.: Y.O.U. is a nonprofit organization Where Youth Succeed. As a positive youth development agency, we have adapted to meet the emerging needs of youth for over 35 years. In an area where a large socio-economic disparity exists, our vision is that all youth have the skills and opportunity to participate in the community.
We do this by providing services in three areas: academic enrichment, social development, and emotional support. Our results demonstrate a positive impact on 400 children a year.