Chicago Adventure Therapy
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 or are at-risk of interpersonal or community violence
- who identify as LGBTQ
- who are refugees from war-torn countries
Safety, Community and a Long Future
We’re raising money to buy a new custom trailer and a 12 passenger van, and to secure our very own space for the first time! Safety – We take our vehicle and trailer over a minimum of 4,000 miles of road every year. It’s enough that we need a commercial, heavy duty trailer. The number of youth we can take on our adventures is limited by the seating capacity of our mini van. We need to be able to accommodate more people – and to tow a commercial trailer. We’ve been limited by the towing capacity of the vehicles we have – Andrea’s Subaru and a mini van. Community – We’ve been headquartered out of Andrea’s home for our #First10Years. In our #Next10Years, we’re moving! We’re looking at industrial spaces in Chicago for our new home. We hope, long-term, that our new space will become a venue where our own indoor programs can run, where young people can drop in for support and mini adventures, and a gathering place for the broader community. A Long Future – Some day, Andrea will retire. Chicago Adventure Therapy will be around for a lot longer than when her retirement comes (it’s not coming anytime soon!). So we’re moving out of her home – CAT is growing up! You can head here for more information about our Capital Campaign. Or you can donate right now.
2018 was our 10th anniversary! We spent the year looking back in order to look forward.
Monthly photo contests
Throughout 2018, we posted photo albums to Facebook with our 10 favorite photos from one year – and asked you to vote for your favorite. In December, we asked you to choose the best photo from our first decade of programming. Here’s the winner! To see the winners from each month, check out this album.
10th Anniversary Videos
We also interviewed CAT youth and leaders. In 2018, we brought you videos sharing what they have to say about CAT. We have some more – so we’ll keep sharing in 2019! To see all the videos, you can watch on our YouTube channel or our Facebook page. This video was the first in a series about a particular Youth Intern – who became paid CAT staff.
Tiara: CAT’s first Youth Intern
Paddle in Portugal for CAT
Have the experience of a lifetime, and create opportunities for the experience of a lifetime for Chicago youth. Douro Kayak Expeditions and Algarve Kayaking are generously directing a portion of the proceeds for the trips they run in Portugal to CAT. Click here for information about the trips, how to book, and other questions you might have.
Make sure to check our calendar tab to learn more about current programming and events!
*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.