Alternatives, Inc.

Young people - free.

Chicago, IL   |  www.alternativesyouth.org

Mission

Alternatives mission is to inspire young people to create a just future through practices that heal individuals, restore communities, and transform systems.

Ruling year info

1972

Principal Officer

Bessie Alcantara

Main address

4730 N Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60640 USA

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EIN

36-2720602

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

Employment Training (J22)

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Our programs

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Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Services: Our Behavioral Health Programs and Services are designed to use a strength-based approach to enhance individual and family functioning. These programs include:
Individual, Group, and Family Counseling Services: Alternatives’ trained therapists and social workers offer individual, group, and family counseling for over 400 youth and families to help them develop positive, healthy coping skills and address a range of challenges and treatment concerns that may be impacting their relationships.
Substance Abuse Services: Alternatives provides intensive, evidence-based behavioral health counseling services to youth who are using substances or who are dealing with co-dependency issues related to substance use by a caregiver or significant other.
Substance Abuse Prevention: The goal of Youth Prevention Education (YPE) is to increase prevention- related drug knowledge and resistance skills, ultimately enhancing protective factors and reversing, or reducing, risk factors.
Family Intervention Services (FIS): Strengthening vulnerable, at-risk youth and their families, FIS provides intensive Behavioral Health services for abused and neglected youth experiencing homelessness due to extreme family conflict and dysfunction.
Systemic Evaluation, Enhancement and Institutional Training program (SEEIT): in-school programs helping to identify students experiencing suicidal ideations or trauma and intervene before the situation has deteriorated; before a student exhibits behavioral issues or harms themselves in any way. The SEEIT program’s comprehensive and systemic support includes initiatives tailored to improve the school culture and climate of each individual school.
Trauma Training: Alternatives’ Behavioral Health Counselors provide professional development training for teachers and school administration to provide them with deep understanding of the ways in which trauma can affect youth in their classrooms.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Children
At-risk youth
Low-income people

Where we work

Financials

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Alternatives, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeffrey Becker

Director, Talent & Organizational Development, HUB International Ltd.

Katie Eng

Vice-president of Growth and Innovation, PACO Collective

Tim Harris

Retired Attorney

Jennifer Farina

Morning Show Host, 104.3

Inder Kaur

Technology Consulting

Payal Keshvani

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister

Erin Killingsworth-Walker

Leadership Development, Relativity

Veronica Milton

Consultant, Leave No Veteran Behind

Ron Nguyen

Finance Lead, Cushman and Wakefield

Baron Rush

Manager of Tech and Operations, ChiArts

Juliette Stancil

Corporate Counsel, iRhythm Technologies, Inc.

Samantha Thaver

Marketing Manager, Arvo

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.