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Artists That Spark – An Inspiring Evening

Thank you to everyone who supported Kaleidoscope at Artists That Spark in July! We are grateful for all of the talented performers who shared their passions with us. It was a unique evening filled with laughter, entertainment and inspiration! Hats off to Kaleidoscope’s Associate Board for hosting such an extraordinary event!

Sunflower Summit (Sunflower Summit) – Folk/Pop Artist
Raphael Mathis (@rmpoetic) – Spoken Word Artist
Lyk Seven – Rap Artist
Danielle Jones – Jazz/Pop Artist
JW Basilio (JW Basilo) – Music and Poetry Artist
Amer Abdullah (Amer Abdullah) – Comedian
Cristina McCrystal (The McCrystalizor) – Hula Hoop Dancer
Nicole Muto-Graves (Nicole Muto-Graves) – Folk/Pop Artist
Wyatt Waddell – Singer/Songwriter

Thank You to Goose Island

Thank you to Goose Island and everyone who joined us last Friday!  We raised almost $1500 as Goose Island’s Charity of the Month!

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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Kaleidoscope FRIENDraiser a blazing success!

Kaleidoscope welcomed over 100 guests at last night’s Spark at Connection Event at Chicago’s Ignite Glass Studio. Joined by both new and familiar friends, community partners, generous sponsors, donors, and young artists the night was dedicated to learning about the importance of forming and maintaining relationships among Kaleidoscope’s youth, families and communities. Kaleidoscope Executive Director Kathy Grzelak and Board Member Jeff Hellinga spoke to guests about the importance of generating stability and providing opportunity by forming relationships with the organization. Kaleidoscope youth reflected these sentiments by sharing their own touching stories of their involvement with the agency. Ignite Glass Manager of Educational Programs Tracy Kirchmann shared a glass blowing demonstration for guests, and discussed the impact of their glass programs for at-risk youth. Kaleidoscope is excited about the continued partnerships with Ignite Glass and all of the supporters who attended the event. Guests supported the agency by purchasing glass pieces created by both Kaleidoscope youth and professional artists, as well as monetary donations for various program needs.



Our sincerest thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, youth participants and Board of Directors for an exciting night and exciting kickoff to Kaleidoscope’s future! A special recognition to the following contributors:

Constellation Brands

Lagunitas Brewing



Forest Financial Group

Jenner & Block

Kaleidoscope Board of Directors


Remote Audio Visual LLC

Constellation Brands

Register now! Kaleidoscope’s Friendraiser at Ignite Glass Studios is here



Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and greet with Kaleidoscope! Join us for happy hour on November 3, 2015, from 6-8pm at Ignite Glass Studio.  This venue offers a unique space for you to get to know Kaleidoscope staff and our Board of Directors. You will also hear from some of the amazing youth we serve! Watch and participate in a glass blowing demo with venue staff artists and learn more about this fascinating craft. Join us to learn more about who we are and how you can get involved. Online event registration is open.

Thank you to the following event sponsors:

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To learn more about event sponsorship, contact [email protected]



Kaleidoscope receives over 100 children’s books from the American Lawyers Alliance

Kaleidoscope youth will enjoy the stories from over 100 books donated  by the American Lawyers Alliance (ALA). Kaleidoscope Executive Director Kathy Grzelak received the books on the Agency’s behalf at the ALA’s Annual Meeting July 30, 2015 in Chicago. The ALA is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting education of the legal system throughout the greater community. More information on the ALA can be found at









Former Kaleidoscope Youth Kicks Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

On April 1, 2015, former Kaleidoscope and Find Your Future Kid Ryan Henson courageously spoke about his own experiences at the Chicago kick-off to Child Abuse Prevention Month at the James Thompson Center. Kaleidoscope thanks Ryan for continuing to be an advocate for key services within the Illinois Department of Children and Families youth.

To learn more about the history of Child Abuse Prevention Month, to obtain resources or to read about how you can promote awareness, visit

Give Thanks. Give Tuesday.

#GivingTuesday: Kaleidoscope takes part in global movement of giving

The holiday season is here. It is a time of spirit and celebration. We give thanks on Thanksgiving, shop deals for our loved ones on Black Friday, and surf the web on Cyber Monday. Now we have a day dedicated to giving back. On #GivingTuesday (this year on December 2), nonprofits, families, businesses, educators, students, governments and individuals around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Here are a few ways to support Kaleidoscope on this day of global giving:

  • Give a monetary donation to Kaleidoscope’s programs
  • Like Kaleidoscope on Facebook and share our page with your friends
  • Contribute a new puzzle or board game to our holiday gift drive
  • Attend an upcoming foster parent orientation and learn more about giving back all year long

For more information about #GivingTuesday at Kaleidoscope, contact [email protected] or click here  to make a donation to Kaleidoscope’s programs.


Find Your Future Program Celebrates 10 Years, Thanks 200 Illinois Businesses for Involvement

Kaleidoscope will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Find Your Future this week, a DCFS sponsored program, which pairs college students to internships with businesses statewide. Over 200 business have provided mentorship and guidance for our interns since the inception of the program.

The closing luncheon celebrating the accomplishments of the 2014 class of interns will be held on Friday, August 8, and feature Robert Portale, President & CEO, RELO Direct. Other speakers include Bobbie Gregg, Director, DCFS as well as both current and past interns who succeeded in the program and beyond.

For the past decade, the Find Your Future program has partnered with employers throughout Illinois to bring specialized work experience to this unique group of youth. Following the vision of a former DCFS director, Find Your Future ensures that youth, who have a current or previous relationship with DCFS, are competitive among their peers in today’s job market.  Find Your Future offers each student linkage with a professional network, workshops to reinforce both job and professional skills for entering the workforce, and a full time internship with a business, one that is within the youth’s field of study. At the end of the 10-week internship, many youth are offered permanent jobs at the end of their internship or post-graduation.

“We place youth in a variety of internship settings such as in nursing, engineering, non-profit organizations and more,” said Luticia Smith, Kaleidoscope Program Manager. “It is important that each internship matches the career objectives of the student and often these internships are designed around the student’s abilities, as well his or her goals and strengths. We would not succeed without direct involvement of the business community; their professional support is key to the success of the program.”

Participating with Find Your Future offers both students and professionals an experience that starts during the internship period and extends well beyond the program. To learn how your business can become an internship provider or program sponsor, please contact the Find Your Future Program Coordinator.  Kaleidoscope extends a special thanks to all former and current business providers.

ABN AMRO   Financial Services, Inc.
Accelerated Rehabilitation   Centers, Ltd.
Adams Street Partners LLC
Advanced Financial Resources
After School Matters Program
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Amalgamated Bank
Amy Silverstein, Director
Anacostia & Pacific
Anita Pluta, Director of   Community Affairs & Minority Business Development
Ariel Capital Management, LLC
Baird & Warner
Baker & McKenzie, LLP
Bank of Montreal/Harris Bank
 Belcaster Commercial Contractors, LLC
Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC
BioStrategies Group
 Blue Wire Communications, Inc.
Bob Demarke
Bomber Betty
 Bonneville Chicago Radio Group
Boodell & Domanskis, LLC
Booz-Allen & Hamilton,   Inc.
Borg-Warner Automotive
Boys & Girls Club of   Bloomington-Normal
Brian Thomson, Box Office   Manager
Bridge Finance Group
Bridge Healthcare Finance
Brightspark Travel
Campbell & Company
Catholic Charities
Chapman & Cutler
Chase / J.P. Morgan Securities   Inc.
Chesley, Taft &   Associates, LLAC
Chicago House
Chicago Metropolis 2020
 Chicago New Teacher Center
Chicago Park District
Chicago Police Department,   Bureau of Administrative Services
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Sun-Times
Child Abuse Council, Quad   Cities
Child Protection Division
Children’s Home + AID
Children’s Home Association of   Illinois
City of Chicago
CIVC Partners
Congressman Danny Davis’   Office
Cook County Juvenile Court
Credit Lyonnais
Cushman & Wakefield
DCFS Office of Public Guardian
De La Salle Institute
DePaul Center
Defrees & Fiske
Delores Robinson, Associate   Deputy Community Relations
Department of Cultural Affairs
Department of Innovation &   Technology
Diane Palmer
District Attorney Office
Draper & Kramer
Drury Lane Theatre
Duff & Phelps Credit   Rating Co.
Easter Seals Therapeutic Day   School
Englewood NHC
Evanston Art Center
Fifth Third Bank
 First Nonprofit Insurance Company
Fortress OMSNIC
Free Street Theatre
FTI Consulting
Garbo Productions
Glencoe Capital
Gottlieb Brothers
Great Dane Financial, LLC
 Griffin Construction
Harris Bank
Heidrick & Struggles
Hephzibah Children’s   Association
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Hinton & Grusick
Howard Brown Health Center
Ibbotson Associates, Inc.
Illinois Council for Handgun   Violence
Illinois Department of Public   Health
Illinois Finance Authority
Illinois Housing Development   Authority
Illinois Student Assistance   Commissions Office
Imaginative Promotional   Product
Inroads/Chicago, Inc.
J.P. Morgan
Jack Morton Worldwide
Jerry Stermer, President
Jim Weise
John Cruickshank
Joseph M. Gagliardo
Joyce Foundation
JSM Private Events
Katten, Muchin & Zavis
 Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels
Kittleman & Associates,   LLC
LaRabida Children’s Hospital
Larry G. Trent, Director
LaSalle Bank Corporation
Latham & Watkins
 Law ElderLaw, LLP
Lawrence Hall
Lehman Brothers
Lexington College
Lincoln Park Savings Bank
Little Square Theatre
Mary Dosek
Mayer, Brown & Platt
McCarthy Duffy
McDermot, Will & Emery LLP
Meckler, Bulger & Tilson
Mercy Home
Mercy Home for Boys &   Girls
Mercy Hospital
Metro Pier & Expo
Michael S. Prapuolenis, Esq.
Monahan & Cohen
Municipal Empolyees’ Benefit
Museum of Science and Industry
Neal Gerber & Eisenberg,   LLP
New Moms, Inc.
Nomadic Consulting
Northeastern Illinois   University, Biology Department
Northern Trust
Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern University   Feinberg School of Medicine
Nuveen Investments
Old Kent Bank
ORIX USA Corporation
Park Lawn Organization
Patricia White, Manager,   Corporate Citizenship
PCS Financial Corp.
Piper Jaffray
PJH & Associates, Inc.
Private Bank
Protestants for the Common   Good
Public Building Commission of   Chicago
Pullman Bank and Trust
Querrey & Harrow, LTD
Regional Transportation   Authority
Rehabilitation Institute of   Chicago
RELO Direct
Renewal by Andersen
Robert Hargesheimer,   Commander-Youth Division
Roseland Community Hospital
Rosemary Keefe, Director of   Community Relations & Corporate Giving
Rudnick & Wolfe
Ryerson Tull
Sacred Places
 Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical   Center
Sanchez & Daniels
Schain, Burney Ross &   Citron
Schwartz Brothers Insurance
Scott & Kraus, LLC
Second City Computers
Senator Durbin’s Office
Senator Mark Kirk
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Societe Generale
Starbucks Coffee Company
State Representative Fran   Hurley
State Representative Kelly   Cassidy
State Representative Sarah   Feigenholtz
Steans Family Foundation
Stellato Schwartz
Stephenson Health Center
Steven Greenberg
Swift Wealth Management
Sydel & Sydel Jewelry
Taylor Johnson
The Boeing Company
The Chicago Council on Foreign   Relations
The CIT Group
The Loreli
The Northern Trust Company
The Taylor Group, LLC
The Tribune Diversity Program
Tom Vandenberk
Turner Acceptance Corp.
 UBS AG, Chicago Branch
UBS Warburg, Public Affairs
Union League Club of Chicago
University of Chicago- Comer   Children’s Hospital
University of Illinois,   Champaign Urbana Veternary Research
Uptown NHC
Urban Assets, Inc.
Voices for Illinois Children
Wall Street Journal
Watson Wyatt Worldwide
Weiss & Block
Whitcup & Arce, P.C.
 Wilk and Waller
William Blair & Company,   LLC
William J. Wrigley Co.
 Wolf & Company LLP
World Health Imaging Alliance
 Wrigleyville Rooftops/Cubby Bear