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Using outdoor adventure sports like paddling, orienteering, camping, cycling, and rock climbing, Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) helps under-served youth in Chicago have a lasting positive impact on their communities and become healthy adults by teaching effective social skills and strong leadership skills, increasing participants’ sense of possibility, and fostering a sense of empowerment and personal responsibility.

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Who We Work With

Chicago youth face overwhelming challenges every day. CAT works with and has worked with youth:

      • receiving or in need of mental health treatment
      • in or exciting the state foster care system
      • experiencing homelessness
      • experiencing poverty
      • who are gang-involved
      • who have experienced or are at-risk of interpersonal or community violence
      • who identify as LGBTQ
      • who are refugees from war-torn countries


You Make it Possible
We believe that no individual or agency should be unable to participate because of financial reasons, so we work with each referring agency to negotiate a realistic price for them. Over 50% of our budget is raised through the generous contributions of individuals like you.


In Their Words…
Here’s what our youth have to say about our programming:

*Chicago Adventure Therapy values and promotes diversity and inclusion in our organization, our programming, and our partnerships. We are dedicated to providing quality, safe, effective programming to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, body type, ability, income, religion, philosophy, and/or all other identities represented in our diverse city.