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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Teen Living Programs’ mission is to create hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless by assisting them to permanently leave the streets, secure stable housing, and build self-sufficient, satisfying lives.

Results: For the past five years: about 60% of youth in our stable housing program have obtained and maintained stable housing for six months after program exit; about 60% enrolled in or had completed formal educational programs by program exit; and about 75% had gained employment, with about 25% maintaining it for at least six months after program exit.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 500 youth per year

Geographic areas served: Chicago

Programs: Residential programs - the bronzeville youth shelter is an emergency shelter for minor-aged youth ages 14-17 that provides a safe, healing environment with a goal to reunite these youth with their families or guardians if safe and appropriate, or to secure alternative living arrangements. Belfort house, a transitional living program for youth ages 17-23, where residents stay for up to 18 months and create individual action plans to help them achieve their goals. Cassa is tlp's independent living program for youth ages 18-24 where young adults live in their own apartments for up to two years while still maintaining access to case management and supportive services.

outreach, prevention and aftercare - these programs meet the immediate basic needs of youth and provide crisis intervention, as well as connecting youth with community resources, including the full complement of tlp programs. Clients range in age from 12-24 and can access crisis counseling, case management, referrals and access to a range of support services via a 24/7 hotline, street and community outreach, drop-in center and aftercare services.

supportive services - youth in residential programming have access to primary care at the on-site clinic, while all clients receive whole health counseling, education and referrals for primary and preventative care, mental health, substance abuse counseling, and more. Education and assessment are provided on-site, and youth receive individualized attention, advocacy, encouragement, study skills tips, tutoring, and referrals to alternative and/or traditional schools and programs. Employment supports youth with limited job skills and history through an intensive program to develop job readiness. Youth with more significant work experience are offered guidance in job searches, placement, and retention. Tlp also offers recreation activities to help young people identify healthy, positive outlets, develop interpersonal skills, self-esteem, and purpose as they transition into independent adults.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so touched by this organization and the work that they do. I am a volunteer for the Taproot Foundation. Teen Living Programs received a grant from Taproot and I was the Account Director for the grant to create a website for Teen Living Programs. For that grant, we interviewed the participants, the board and donors. The dedicated staff and the wonderful, so deserving teens that go through these programs amazed me. Though I no longer live in Chicago, I still donate to this worthy cause every year.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of TLP for a few years now and it is amazing to see how each individuals time and effort can really changes someone's life. What could be better than helping give a young person a chance to lead a happy, prosperous life?!

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been volunteering with Teen Living for a few months but the cause is some of the best. Everyone who works for teen living, helps and volunteers are extremely dedicated to not only the cause the but the teens themselves. Every event brings more and more people who are willing to devote their time. The belief in the teens is extraordinary.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Teen Living as a board member for the last year and as a volunteer for 3 years. Being fortunate to have spent time with both staff and our youth I have seen the great work and the impact our superb programs make in turning young people's lives around.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Teen Living Programs is an excellent experience for participants and volunteers alike. The work is so meaningful and the people couldn't be better!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teen Living Programs is an organization that cares about its volunteers as much as it cares about the youth it supports. There is a tremendous among of positive energy flowing through this organization and that rubs off on the kids and also on the volunteers. The employees and the board set high expectations and they really know how to motivate their volunteer base to achieve those goals. TLP also gets stuff done. They will new programs and initiatives into existence and the results are absolutely tangible. And they're willing to try new avenues to raise money and/or communicate with their donor base. This is one of the best non-profits I've ever been involved with. For a small organization (with a big mission) what they can accomplish is amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been working with TLP for a few months, but in my short time with the organization I have witnessed firsthand the endless amounts of enthusiasm that the volunteers have for the children involved. At a recent Christmas event, the TLP office was swarmed with folks running around getting presents gift-wrapped for the kids and everyone seemed to be in a jovial mood. And at a Thanksgiving event last month, I saw the how happy the kids were because of the efforts of everyone to provide them with pleasant holiday memories.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I have only been a volunteer with Teen Living Programs (TLP) for less than a year, my involvement with the organization has changed me in more ways than I can describe. The work that is done at TLP is unparalleled. I have never been involved with an organization with such a dedicated and motivated staff. The staff, board, volunteers, and donors all work together to really build a sense of family and community with Chicago's youth who are homeless. TLP approaches youth homelessness in a comprehensive way. They also realize that the youth they serve are just that, youth. While they may be homeless, it is not their homelessness that defines them; each youth is treated as a unique individual. TLP uses a model so that services are youth driven and staff supported. It is only through this model that youth who are homeless can truly learn how to be independent and this is what will allow them to lead self-sufficient, satisfying lives. I do not know where the future will take me, but I do know that Teen Living Programs is an organization that I will always support and never forget.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved for three years as a volunteer on the Gala Fund Raising Committee as well as making individual contributions and attending key events. It has been so fulfilling watching the progress and growth of the organization as they bring in more and more volunteers and help more and more children. The enthusiasm and energy of the Teen Living Employees and volunteers is unbelievable. I have been blessed to be able to watch the new home be built and see first hand the difference the program has made in so many of the young adult's lives

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Teen Living Programs for 3 years and have been so impressed with the staff and the mission of this organization. They truly care and are making a difference for the underserved youth homeless population in the city of Chicago. My husband, friends and family have all participated in helping to serve this mission

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words hardly do it justice, but Teen Living Programs is an incredible organization. Their mission is one you want to passionately stand behind and their staff is dedicated, warm and compassionate, to say the least. My experience here has showed me what it's like to work with people who are 100 percent dedicated to the well-being of others. TLP approaches their youth and their mission in an incredibly proactive way. They not only promote the change and betterment in the lives of youth who are homeless, but make it a goal that these changes yield lasting, permanent results. I can only hope that other people live day-by-day with the same passion that I've seen here at TLP.