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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.

Donations Matched through December 31!

We’re grateful to have met Sylvester, Karlyn and Rapheal 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: 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:

#GivingTuesday 2017

Through her experience at art camp, this youth learned a new way to express her feelings, make connections and have fun. YOUR support today makes this healing possible! Make a #GivingTuesday donation in her honor now.

The Life

I am smart and caring
I wonder if I’m ugly
I hear people talking
I see bullies
I want to be heard

I am smart and caring
I pretend to be someone I’m not
I feel sad sometimes
I worry about my actions
I cry about my thoughts
I understand words
I say I am smart
I try to be myself
I hope to find myself
I hope to be successful

I am smart and caring
I think about others
I love myself and my family

I am smart and caring


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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.