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Using outdoor adventure sports like paddling, orienteering, camping, cycling, and rock climbing, Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) works with Chicago youth to 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.
 

This is a challenging, unpredictable, surreal time. We hope that you, your family, and your loved ones are OK – and we know that many people aren’t OK right now.

We want to share with you our plans for dealing with the coronavirus.

As always, our young people are our first priority. We are checking in with young people, providing resources for support where they need it (the most common request for resources has been information about where to get food), and offering a listening ear where people need it. In person programming is on hold for now; we are taking as much online as we can.  

We have contacted all partner agencies about summer programming. We are working to be ready to re-start programming as quickly as possible when it’s safe to do that, without asking partner agencies to pay for programming that might not happen. Our goal is to be safe, flexible and nimble.

We are developing financial strategies to weather the worst case scenario. For now, we are considering “worst case scenario” to mean the loss of the full Summer 2020 season. We hope this will not be the reality; and believe it is irresponsible not to plan for this eventuality.

You can help. Revenue this time of year and for the next several months usually comes from early summer public programs and our “regular” summer programming. With the delay or loss of summer programming, we will lose revenue this time of year. You can help in the following ways:

  • If you have not donated to CAT, we hope you will
  • If you have donated in past years, we hope you will consider changing your donation to a recurring monthly donation
  • If you usually give at the end of the year, we hope you will consider giving earlier this year

All of these actions help to even out our cash flow, which will help us keep our doors open for another season, heling young people get outdoors and develop the skills to successfully navigate a quickly changing, challenging world.

Thank you so much.

Please stay safe.

– Andrea Knepper, LSCW | Founder and Executive Director

Who We Work With

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

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

 

 Youth Videos: Tiara, CAT’s first Youth Intern

 

 
Calendar of Activities

Make sure to check our calendar tab to learn more about current programming and events!

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.

*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.