BIG CITY, BIG PROBLEMS

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 23 percent of the city’s homicides.

Population

6% of Chicago’s population

6%
Homicides

23% of the city’s homicides

23%
98%

High Poverty

98% of children qualify for free and reduced-priced lunches

86%

Low Reading Scores

86% of third-graders at By The Hand partner schools are not meeting reading standards

An even bigger Solution

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 The Solution our city needs.

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.

MIND

Emphasizing academic achievement

When kids can read at or above grade level, they can graduate with honors.

2.81

Average GPA
(Out of 4.0)

86%

Passed all
classes

64%

Made all ABCs

Body

Addressing barriers to learning

When basic needs are met, kids’ academic performance and behavior improve.

100%

Hot, nutritious meals

100%

Dental exams

92%

Eye exams

Soul

Providing spiritual discipleship

A relationship with Jesus is the foundation for an abundant life.

82%

Professed
Faith in Christ

19%

Attended
Church

96%

Received First Day
Gospel Welcome Packets

We Are The Solution.

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BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.

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You can play a life-changing role in solving the violence and disparity in Chicago. There are many ways to join The Solution, and each way helps children from under-resourced neighborhoods have abundant life.

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