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By the time they reach the 12th grade, the same kids are four years behind.
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.
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. To register in Head Start and Early Head Start at The Salvation Army Red Shield Center, call 773-358-4650.
The Salvation Army community center provides after-school programming to give youth and teens a safe place to complete homework, learn new skills and relax with their friends. Teen Corner, designed specifically for youth ages 12 - 17, is open January - May, Monday - Friday, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Teen Corner features a game room with arcade games, board games, foosball, table tennis, air hockey and pool. To enroll in the following programs, please call 773-358-3200 or stop by the Red Shield Center.
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. Celebrate Launch and Landing is a weekly mentoring program to support teens and families in one of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods. The program provides support and group meetings to address issues related to homelessness, hunger, addiction, violence and more. Teens are also partnered with mentors to help them achieve their goals. The program is held on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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 important to provide additional creative outlets for youth, teens and adults to share their experiences, hopes, dreams and fears.
Recreational, Sports & Fitness Programs
Sports, recreation and fitness programs help kids learn the value of health, physical activity and teamwork. Basketball open gym is scheduled based on age group. Call 773-358-3200 for more information.
Wonderland Camp provides week-long summer camp options for youth, teens and seniors with a different theme each week. We also offer day camp during the summer.