Alternatives, Inc (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Ms. Judith Gall
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Alternatives, Inc
  • Address:4730 N. Sheridan Road
    Chicago, IL 60640
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:773-506-7474

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  • Mission:
  • Established in direct response to the needs of area youth, Alternatives, Inc. has stood as a model for Chicago's youth services field since 1971. As one of Chicago's most respected youth and family service agencies, Alternatives identifies and responds to the changing needs of our communities and their young people. Alternatives, Inc.'s mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships and enhance the community's well-being.

    Since 1971, we have achieved this mission through a combination of programs and services focusing on leadership development, prevention of violence and substance abuse, academic enrichment and counseling. Our Clinical Services and Youth Development programs reach approximately 3,000 young people and their families each year. This unique combination of behavioral health counseling and youth development programming is designed to provide comprehensive support to young people while preparing them to make healthy choices and develop healthy relationships, succeed academically, and build strong communication and conflict resolution skills while contributing to their communities. Specific programs include: Career and Employment Services; Girl World; Urban Arts and After School Enrichment; Restorative Justice; individual, family and group counseling; crisis intervention services; and substance abuse counseling.

    Youth reported that as a result of participating in Alternatives' programming during fiscal year 2011, the following occurred: 91% improved their ability to resolve conflict with family and friends, 90% improved their ability to make good, healthy decisions, 95% increased their ability to solve problems and 81% now set higher goals for their future.

  • Overview:
  • To address the myriad challenges facing disadvantaged youth on their journey to adulthood, Alternatives has provided Clinical Services and Youth Development programs Chicago’s young people since 1971. This unique combination of behavioral health counseling and youth development programming is designed to provide comprehensive support to young people while preparing them to make healthy choices and develop healthy relationships; succeed academically; and build strong communication and conflict resolution skills while contributing to their communities.

    Our Clinical Services department provides Individual, Group and Family Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Family Intervention Services.

    Alternatives’ therapists offer Individual, Group and Family Counseling through school-based health centers and on-site at our Uptown Youth Center to support youth in addressing a range of issues, including family conflict, substance abuse, peer relationships, identity issues, anger management, acculturation and other behavioral and emotional challenges. These services use a strength-based approach to provide short- and long-term therapy, case management, and consultation emphasizing family communication, conflict resolution, discipline, and life skills development.

    Alternatives also provides intensive, evidence-based behavioral health Substance Abuse 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. In addition to providing substance abuse counseling using the A-CRA model, Alternatives is also involved a federal research project through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to determine whether the model is effective for adolescents in the child welfare system.

    Alternatives’ Family Intervention Services program (FIS) provides intensive behavioral health services for abused and neglected youth experiencing homelessness due to extreme family conflict and dysfunction. FIS serves youth and families from the Chicago communities within Chicago’s Local Area Network 65. The FIS crisis team is available to respond to emergency family situations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to offer broad and extensive counseling and case management services, transportation, and temporary housing for youth in volatile family situations.

    Alternatives’ Youth Development programs include Girl World, Career and Employment Services, Urban Arts and Restorative Justice.

    Girl World: Each of Girl World's projects addresses and develops the social, emotional and physical wellness of participants through intensive small group work and activities focused on the specific needs and interests of girls and young women, including community service projects, life skills workshops, talking circles, journaling activities and youth-led research.

    Career and Employment Services: Alternatives' Career and Employment Services (CES) program works intensively with youth to prepare them to enter the workforce by offering individual case management, basic workforce preparation workshops and intensive skill development programs that open the door to wider job opportunities and increased pay.

    Urban Arts: Urban Arts engages young people in dynamic after-school learning opportunities through exploration of the hip hop arts. The program integrates formal instruction in the core hip hop arts elements -- rap/MC'ing, graffiti/visual art, break-dancing and DJ'ing -- with individual academic assistance, life skills workshops and peer-to-peer mentoring.

    Restorative Justice: Since 1996, Alternatives has partnered with Chicago Public Schools to help transform school environments by providing restorative justice training, technical assistance, and youth programming in schools across the city. Restorative approaches to school discipline, such as peer juries, peer mediation and talking circles, empower students to become leaders in violence prevention, conflict resolution, and school safety while also offering positive, skill-building alternatives to suspension and detention.

  • History:
  • Alternatives, Inc. was created in 1971 to address drug and alcohol use by neighborhood teens. Early programs offered during the 1970's included two social enterprises – a coffee shop and a print shop – which provided employment and skill-building opportunities for youth. In the 80s, Alternatives was the lead Illinois youth agency offering transitional services and programming for the growing number of Southeast Asian refugee youth on Chicago’s northeast side. During the 90s, a focus on partnership allowed us to reach 3,000 youth annually through expanded after school programs, gender-specific programs, school reform efforts, violence prevention, and community advocacy. Programs focused on engaging youth in community issues. In 2000, Alternatives purchased a building in the heart of Uptown, accessible by public transportation and now recognizable by the youth-created Bricolage mosaic covering the facade. Today, our Youth Center is a community hub where we provide a comprehensive range of innovative and effective services for youth.

  • Year established:1971
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:45

Board and Executive Names

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Judith M. Gall, Executive Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:36-2720602

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:362720602
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:4730 N SHERIDAN RD
  • Organization City:CHICAGO
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60640-5022
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2, 8
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization, Scientific Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1972
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):573, 124
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Rehabilitating alcoholics, drug abusers, compulsive gamblers, etc., Study and research (nonscientific)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:F200
  • Asset Amount:$2,303,009
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,646,542
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,627,046
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 7:04:40 am

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