Alternatives, Inc.

Heal. Restore. Transform.

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)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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. Our Behavioral Health Programs and Services are designed to use a strength-based approach to enhance individual and family functioning. Research indicates that when youth and their family’s basic human needs are supported coupled with learning new coping skills in order to reduce risk factors related to substance abuse, family conflict, and behavioral/emotional problems they make far healthier choices in their home, school, and work environments. These programs include:
Individual, Group, and Family Counseling
Substance Abuse Services and Youth Prevention Education (YPE)
Family Intervention Services
Systemic Evaluation, Enhancement and Institutional Training program (SEEIT)
Trauma Training
Youth Advocate Support Services (YASS)

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

Restorative Justice is grounded in the ancient idea that having people get a real sense of how they are connected and belong, addressing their needs, and building their skills can be more powerful and effective in creating a healthy and safe community than relying on fear of punishment and retribution could ever be. Alternatives has been a leader in shaping restorative justice in schools since 1996, when our youth designed the first restorative peer jury in Chicago Public Schools. Since then, we have trained more than 10,000 CPS students and teachers in restorative justice and our programs have been shown to successfully reduce the use of harsh discipline methods that disproportionately impact youth of color.
These programs include: Restorative Holistic Capacity Building in Schools and Community Organizations, Peace Ambassador Apprenticeship and Youth Leadership Development Programs.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

number of schools and community locations partnered with

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alternatives, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Payal Keshvani

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Katie Eng

Director, Experience and Strategy, PwC

Jennifer Farina

Morning Show Host, 104.3

Inder Kaur

Technology Consulting

Payal Keshvani

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister

Erin Killingsworth-Walker

Senior Manager, Learning and Development, Relativity

Ron Nguyen

Finance Lead, Cushman and Wakefield

Baron Rush

Manager of Tech and Operations, ChiArts

Randall Doubet-King

Retired Clergy

Jon Gortat

Assistant Director, University of Illinois Chicago Office of Technology Management

Penny Smith

Director of Learning and Impact, Erikson Institute - Policy and Leadership Department

Rachel Pate

Manager of Civic Partnerships, Chicago United for Equity

Gracia Taylor

Principal Product Designer, The Washington Post

Nicole Milano

MSW, LCSW, Senior Account Manager, Integrated Behavioral Health, Medical Home Network

Olivia Santiago

MSW, Staff Psychotherapist, Sheade Psychotherapy

Veronica Cortez

Associate Director of Policy, Erikson Institute

Tom Zeigenfuss

Vice-Chairman, EN Engineering

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/5/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

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.