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Positive Youth Development

The Pathfinders program helps youth lead lives that balance physical, mental, and emotional health. We believe that young people deserve every opportunity possible to learn, grow and thrive. By connecting kids to their potential, purpose and each other, we empower kids and teens to shape the communities of tomorrow, today.

About the Program*

Our programming empowers youth to be healthy – body and mind – with the skills to make healthy decisions and lead healthy lifestyles. Having the confidence and skills to lead healthy lifestyles not only improves overall well-being; it enables youth to tackle life’s challenges today and become leaders in their lives, careers and communities as they grow into responsible adulthood.

Mind: Social and Emotional Well-Being 

Our Pathfinders program provides youth with a better understanding of how their choices can help themselves, their families, and their communities. We help youth build a firm foundation that encourages good decision-making and strong interpersonal skills. Social-emotional health is the cornerstone to confident, caring young leaders who understand how to take care of their minds and inner being, impact their environment, display sportsmanship and care for not just themselve but others as well, which is key to holistic well-being.

Body: Fitness, Health, Nutrition and Safety

Pathfinders fitness, health, nutrition, and safety programming helps youth understand the importance of eating right, injury prevention and being active within a safe environment. Mastering basic health principles places young people on the right track to developing healthy habits now as well as managing their long-term health.

Teen Mentorship and Leadership

Pathfinders programming empowers youth to be teachers by growing their leadership skills. We encourage all participants in our program to volunteer/apprentice with us either as an assistant coach or administrator.

* All ice sports participants are automatically enrolled in the Pathfinders program.

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we
can build our youth for the future.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Chicago Youth Foundation is a proud women-led initiative that brings the joy of ice sports to Metro Chicago youth who would not otherwise gain this experience, improving their social and academic well-being and empowering them to find success through sportsmanship and teamwork.

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