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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.

Donations Matched through December 31!

We’re grateful to have met Sylvester, Karlyn and Raphael through our programs and services, and to see them all grow into the incredible young adults they are today. Your donation to Kaleidoscope gives these young people and others the chance to heal from trauma, build connections and lead happy, healthy lives. View their stories and give now – hurry, time is running out to meet our matching gift challenge!

A generous donor is matching all gifts made through December 31, 2017 – up to $2,500 total! Give now to double your impact for children, youth and families healing from trauma in Chicago.

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Find Your Future: Raphael

Raphael 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 Raphael is when he spoke at our FYF closing luncheon last summer. Now one month after graduating from Lake Forest College, Raphael has accepted a position in RELO Direct’s communications department.

Donate now to help Raphael 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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Tix4Cause

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: www.tix4cause.com

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.

Find Your Future in action

Kaleidoscope 4 Kids Chicago Find Your Future Jobs Internships - DCFS Foster Kids Youth

Congratulations to Raphael on his new role at RELO Direct, Inc.!

Raphael 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 Raphael is when he spoke at our FYF closing luncheon last summer.

Now one month after graduating from Lake Forest College, Raphael has accepted a position in RELO Direct’s communications department.

Find Your Future is a win-win for our youth and employment partners. Young adults gain professional experience and build their networks, while employers get excellent interns and help shape Chicago’s future leaders. Learn more about Find Your Future and how to get involved.

Release: DCFS-involved youth ‘find their futures’ in Chicago’s business community

DCFS-involved youth ‘find their futures’ in Chicago’s business community

Innovative program matches 24 youth with paid internships at leading companies

CHICAGO – As many young people enjoy relaxing at the beach during Chicago’s summers, a special 24 young adults are being recognized for their outstanding commitment to professional development through the Find Your Future program.

Developed by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), Find Your Future is an innovative professional enrichment program that matches current and former DCFS-involved youth with paid internships, job skills training and other career development opportunities. The program is managed by Kaleidoscope, a non-profit child welfare agency that reviews the rigorous applications, recruits businesses to participate and facilitates additional workshops to reinforce professional skills.

“Find your Future is a unique and rewarding partnership between employers and our youth,” said Kaleidoscope Executive Director Kathy Grzelak, LCPC. “Through their internships, these young people gain invaluable work experience, build their professional networks and are able to compete with their peers in today’s job market.”

Over the last year, Kaleidoscope secured internships for 24 young adults at a total of 21 businesses across the city. Business partners include: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Windy City Times, Valid USA, RELO Direct, Acceleration Pro, Christopher House, and the Chicago Police Department.

“Some of the largest companies in Chicago have opened their doors to young people in need in our community,” said Grzelak. “Our business partners set the bar high for what it means to be an innovative, committed leader within our city. We’re proud to have their support in developing our future leaders.”

A luncheon is being held to honor these young people on Thursday, August 4. Camille Grayson, Senior Marketing Manager of Zekelman Industries, will open with remarks on behalf of Kaleidoscope’s board of directors. This event is not open to the public.

Kaleidoscope is a non-profit child welfare agency that has been serving children and families impacted by abuse and neglect since 1973. Our goal is to keep children safe within a home environment through innovative service delivery. Our mission is to empower children, youth and families impacted by abuse and neglect to build resourcefulness, resiliency and supportive relationships. Learn more at Kaleidoscope4Kids.org.