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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty.

Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty.

The Salvation Army operates hundreds of after-school programs in neighborhoods across the country.

To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, most programs and services at The Salvation Army Lake County Area Command are closed until further notice. Modified programs and services may still be available. Our Food Pantry is extending hours, opening Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM until further notice. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at 219-838-0380 or find a location near you.

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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 Salvation Army has more than 400 after school programs in the United States.

The Salvation Army gives children throughout the Rockford/Winnebago County area a safe haven to complete homework, play sports, learn music, gain new skills and nurture their talents. The programs also provide mentorship. Many youth who participate in these programs would not otherwise have access to such opportunities.

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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. Character-building classes are available at The Salvation Army Corps Community Centers in Hammond-Munster and Gary.

Music, Visual and Dramatic Arts Education

The Salvation Army is the largest music educator in the world, with offerings in brass, vocal, guitar, drums and more. It is important to provide additional creative outlets for youth, teens and adults to share their experiences, hopes, dreams and fears. Classes are held during the school year at all three of The Salvation Army Corps Community Centers in Lake County, Indiana.

Recreational, Sports & Fitness Programs

Sports, recreation and fitness programs help kids learn the value of health, physical activity and teamwork.


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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Children in poverty have greater learning challenges.

Children who live below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to develop mental delays or learning disabilities than those who don't live in poverty.

The Salvation Army after school and character-building programs give kids a good foundation for life-long learning. Keep a child in school.


Arts education and activities
improve school performance
and test-taking skills.

The Salvation Army is the largest music educator in the world, with offerings in brass, vocal, guitar, drums and more.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you help provide youth, teen and adults opportunities to expand their creativity with music, visual and dramatic arts classes.Help a child learn.


Lack of education leads to
lack of income.

31% of young adults without a high school diploma currently live in poverty.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support kids' educational needs. Help a kid succeed.


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The Salvation Army is here
to help more kids learn more things.

Watch how we help ensure that kids in every community get the educational opportunities they deserve.

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