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Knowledge Is A Ticket Out Of Poverty.

The Salvation Army offers after-school programs and enrichment activities
to help families in our community.

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By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Latino and
low-income students are already two years behind grade level.

By the time they reach the 12th grade, the same kids are four years behind.

"The goal-setting class really showed me how to create a plan to succeed and reach my dream."

The Salvation Army's programs help motivate, encourage and empower youth to be the best they can be and to seek out ways to reach their goals.

The Salvation Army empowers youth in our community through: 

Character-Building & Mentoring Programs
Weekly scout-style and mentoring programs are designed to support youth and teens as they navigate their world and grow into adulthood. Topics addressed can include bullying, peer pressure, making a positive impact on the community, family life, and more. At The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center, our Youth Alive & Character-building program is designed for youth in grades kindergarten through high school and is held Thursdays at 5-6 p.m., September through May. 

After-School Programs
The Salvation Army community centers provide after-school programming to give youth and teens a safe place to complete homework, learn new skills, and relax with their friends. Kids Club is held from September through May on Thursday afternoons; 3-4 p.m. Homework Help and snack, 4-5 p.m. University of Illinois Educational Activities.

Music, Visual and Dramatic Education
The Salvation Army is the largest music educator in the world, with offerings in brass, vocal, guitar, drums and more. It is essential to provide additional creative outlets for children and teens to share their experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears. At Crossgenerations, our music classes are Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. Registration through front desk is required. 

Music Program Schedule from September 11, 2019, through May 13, 2020:
Session 1 (Sept. 11th - Dec. 11th)  |  $30 for 12 weeks or $3/Class

Session 2 (Jan 8th - May 13th)  |  $50 for 18 weeks or $3/Class

Recreational, Sports & Fitness Programs
Physical fitness is essential for a healthy body and a healthy outlook on life. The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center has a weight room and offers additional fitness activities including basketball, climbing wall, and Zumba classes. The facility also provides lockers and showers for participants.

Head Start & Early Head Start
Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide young children and their families a chance to learn in an educational and creative environment. Programs also meet the needs of teen mothers and homeless families.

Wonderland Camp provides week-long summer camp options for youth, teens, and seniors with a different theme each week. We also host day camps during school breaks and the summer.


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