Teen Living Programs is a non-profit organization that has supported and strengthened Chicago’s most vulnerable young people for nearly 40 years. We are the only agency in the city to focus solely on 14-24 year olds who are experiencing homelessness; and we offer comprehensive, year-round services to address everything from emergency needs and housing to education, job readiness, and embracing a healthy lifestyle. Our services are available on Chicago’s south side, in neighborhoods of high poverty and violence and where critical supportive services are lacking.
The young people we work with are survivors – of homelessness, trauma, and instability – and we know that each one has the extraordinary potential to rewrite their story. Every day, our dedicated staff and volunteers work alongside our clients, encouraging them to focus their energy and potential on altering the course of their lives for the better. We are proud that more than two-thirds of our clients will finish high school, complete career training, secure employment, and continue toward a fulfilling, independent future. Together, we are creating hope and opportunity for hundreds of youth every year who might otherwise fall through the cracks.
To create a world where all youth have a safe home, are valued, supported, and provided with everything they need to reach their full potential.
Teen Living Programs builds community, hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless. We address their immediate needs and help them achieve independence and stable housing.
Generosity We believe in being open, patient, accepting, respectful, and giving without expectation.
Courage We invite risk and investment from all our partners in order to aspire, strive, and succeed.
Accountability We drive impact, work in collaboration, and deliver meaningful outcomes with honesty, fairness and transparency.
Transformation We foster curiosity, energy, innovation, and growth in a safe and affirming environment.
Community Impact We strive to create lasting societal change through shared responsibility, inclusion, cooperation, and celebration.