Chicago Adventure Therapy

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Crime & Law, Sports

Location: PO Box 13062 Chicago IL 60613 USA

Mission: Using outdoor adventure sports such as kayaking, orienteering, cycling, and rock climbing, Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) helps under-served youth in Chicago have a lasting positive impact on their communities and become healthy adults by teaching effective social skills, increasing participants’ sense of possibility, and fostering a sense of empowerment and personal responsibility.
Results: Go here for read the preliminary results from our 2 year program evaluation! http://2011.chicagoadventuretherapy.org/about-us/

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

CAT worked with the clients I served-adolescent girls in foster care that lived in residential treatment. It was amazing to see their transformation as they participated in new experiences that put them in situations where they had to work together, trust each other and communicate effectively. At the end of our time kayaking one of the girls stated, "I wish we had our own kayak--it's such a good coping skill for me!" There are not many other nonprofits that are giving youth in need such a unique and life changing experience.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

As a teacher of twice exceptional students, I am amazed at the work they do!

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Excellent people who are making a difference in the area. Shows what we can do if you put differences aside.

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Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) is doing excellent, needed work with youth in Chicago. CAT's unique approach is working wonders as the programs continue to grow!

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Likely

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Life-changing

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2012

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I loved volunteering with Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT). I was involved in a variety of programs: kayaking on Lake Michigan, biking across the city, and navigation programs in iconic Chicago parks. CAT's programs provides a unique insight into understanding a youth’s lived experience and coping skills that I have not observed in other therapy or programming modalities. CAT programs foster an environment where individuals are able to push personal boundaries, explore new identities, and share openly in a context that is built on trust and safety. As a volunteer social worker, I have observed CAT participants building lasting connections between peers, exploring the city in new ways, and gaining a deeper sense of self. It is always a blessing and blast to volunteer with CAT!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I know there are a lot of good causes out there, but let me tell you why I donate to CAT. For low income city kids, there are pressures from a lot of directions – and many of them make bad decisions because they’re not aware of all the choices available to them. There are many examples on their website, but CAT removes these kids from their usual environment and puts them into adventure situations like kayaking or rock climbing, and they see the world differently – by facing a new challenge it educates them to reconsider their options in their daily lives. The “therapy” part of it helps them to process this experience so they re-frame their thinking to consider college or other avenues that enriches not only their life, but society as a whole.

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Definitely

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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