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Kids who have experienced trauma have a hard time feeling safe. At our arts camps, campers feel safe to express themselves, be themselves and explore who they will become. This young man was scared to share at first, but with the support of our community, he shared his original rap with a crowd! Elevate and celebrate his voice this GivingTuesday with a donation in his honor.

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Shoot love, not bullets.

No matter what they’ve experienced, our kids are hopeful, and they dream of a brighter future for all of Chicago. At camp this year, young people made banners about issues that are important to them – from schools to reducing gun violence to being smoke-free – and led a demonstration through our offices.

Our arts camps are about elevating and celebrating youth voices. Donate now to make this and so much more possible for kids in Chicago healing from trauma.

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Kaleidoscope awarded $17,500 from Impact Grants Chicago

We are thrilled to have been awarded a new grant from Impact Grants Chicago. Through a competitive application process, we were awarded $17,500 for our clinical services, ensuring that every youth we serve has access to therapy – free of charge – at our offices.

The above video is from the final presentation to Impact Grants Chicago members. Therapist Jill and Karlyn shared their stories about the lasting impact of Kaleidoscope’s therapy services. Karlyn is a former foster youth and Find Your Future intern, and she now volunteers as a teaching artist with our arts camps. Today, she’s a new mom and on track to graduate early with a degree in social work. She spoke on behalf of our young people

Learn more about our therapy program, or make a donation to support our services for Chicago’s young people healing from abuse and neglect.

Corporate Relocation Council of Chicago Event

Thank you to our friends at RELO Direct for connecting us with Corporate Relocation Council of Chicago. Executive Director Kathy Grzelak spoke at this event, which raised more than $4,000 for our services. We’re grateful for RELO Direct’s long-term partnership and support of many areas of our work!

Kaleidoscope’s New Office

As of Tuesday, February 20, our main office will be on the Near West Side, located at:

1901 W. Caroll Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

We are thrilled to be in this new, larger space as we enter our 45th anniversary serving Chicago. Our new offices, meeting rooms and other spaces enable us to continue improving our services and programs for children, youth and families healing from abuse and neglect in Chicago.

See the space for yourself on Thursday, May 10 at our Stories that MOVE fundraiser and anniversary celebration! Learn more.

Find Your Future: Rapheal

Rapheal gained professional experience through our Find Your Future (FYF) program, which matches current and former DCFS-involved youth with paid internships, job skills training and other development opportunities. As a FYF employment partner, RELO Direct got to see first-hand what an amazing communicator and motivator Rapheal is when he spoke at our FYF closing luncheon last summer. Now one month after graduating from Lake Forest College, Rapheal has accepted a position in RELO Direct’s communications department.

Donate now to help Rapheal and the more than 600 children and youth Kaleidoscope serves in Chicago each year.

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Meet Karlyn

Karlyn came to Kaleidoscope through our Find Your Future program, and we are honored to have been a part of her journey. Today, she is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice, and she continues to help youth at Kaleidoscope by volunteering with our Arts Camps, inspiring us all with her poetry and connecting with children and youth who have similar experiences to her own.

Donate now to help Karlyn and the more than 600 children and youth Kaleidoscope serves in Chicago each year.

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Looking for a great gift or some hard-to-find tickets? Kaleidoscope is now a beneficiary of Tix4cause! When you purchase someone’s unused tickets to sports, concerts or other events, you can choose Kaleidoscope as the charity beneficiary of some or all of your purchase. Start searching on their website for your next night out:

City Bureau’s Public Newsroom: Reporting Child Welfare in Illinois

Kaleidoscope co-designed this public newsroom with Illinois Humanities to focus on reporting on child welfare in Illinois. The evening featured a small panel discussion including a leading direct service agent, a journalist, a young woman who’s gone through the system and a representative from the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY). Afterward, panelists and attendees generated a list of best practices for reporters who want to thoughtfully report on this topic as well as a series of tip sheets on how to navigate various parts of the child welfare system.

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Learn more about City Bureau’s Public Newsroom program.

Find Your Future Meet & Greet

Professionals are invited to join us on Thursday, November 9 to learn more about and get involved with our innovative Find Your Future program, through which we match current and former foster youth with paid internships and job skills training at companies across Chicago.

In the last year, we matched 24 young people with 21 internship providers, including: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Windy City Times, RELO Direct, Valid USA, Acceleration Pro, Christopher House and the Chicago Police Department.

At our upcoming Meet & Greet, you’ll hear from current and former internship providers, learn the requirements and meet our dedicated young people.

Learn more and register.