Chicago is known for its gun violence, poverty and failing educational system. It’s also home for our amazing kids, who are breaking the cycle and becoming the ones to bring about the change our city so desperately needs.
By The Hand children face increased risk of violent crimes.
Dangerous, under-resourced neighborhoods where By The Hand serves represent only six percent of Chicago’s population but account for 15 percent of the city’s homicides.
6% of the Chicago population
15% of the 2022 homicides
93% of children qualify for free and reduced-priced lunches
Low Reading Scores
96% of third-graders at By The Hand partner schools are not meeting reading standards
We believe one thing can change everything.
When you hear about Chicago, you rarely hear about the good. But our kids are becoming fearless crusaders, defenders of others and doers of good. They are sharing abundant life with their family, neighbors and classmates. They are ones making a difference where it is most needed.
Since By The Hand began in 2001, we have taken a holistic approach to providing the individual support every child needs—emphasizing the achievement of measurable goals for academic, physical and spiritual development.
School Year 2021-’22
Emphasizing academic achievement
When kids can read at or above grade level, they can graduate with honors.
Average GPA (Out of 4.0)
Passed all classes
Made all ABCs
Addressing barriers to learning
When basic needs are met, kids’ academic performance and behavior improve.
Hot, nutritious meals served to our students
Students received dental checkups and cleaning (163 received additional dental care)
Students received eye exams (171 received glasses)
Providing spiritual discipleship
A relationship with Jesus is the foundation for an abundant life.
You can play a life-changing role in solving the violence and disparity in Chicago. There are many ways to join–depending on your one unique offering– and each way helps children from under-resourced neighborhoods have abundant life.