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Your support has a powerful impact on bringing out the best in thousands of Metro Chicago children.

In partnership with teachers, local businesses, community leaders, and parents, we build a culture of participation that enables kids to feel a real sense of belonging and have the opportunity to contribute on their team, in the classroom, and into their communities.

Metro Chicago Communities Served

Our community and ice arena locations throughout Metro Chicago ensure all kids have access to play ice sports. No matter who they are. 

McFetridge Ice Rink (Indoor)
 3843 N California Ave
Chicago IL

Johnny’s Ice House West (Indoor)
2550 W Madison St
Chicago IL

Robert Crown Ice Arena (Indoor)
1801 Main St
Evanston IL

Oak Lawn Ice Arena (Indoor)
9320 S Kenton Ave
Oak Lawn IL

Morgan Park Ice Rink (Indoor)
11505 S Western Ave
Chicago IL

Johnny’s Ice House East (Indoor)
2550 W Madison St
Chicago IL

Oakton Ice Arena (Indoor)
2800 Oakton St
Park Ridge IL

Millenium Park Ice Rink (Outdoor)
11 Michigan Ave
Chicago IL

WEST SIDE – Austin, Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale
NORTH SIDE – Rodgers Park, Belmont Cragin, North Park
SOUTH SIDE – Riverdale, Englewood, Washington Park, Fuller Park, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

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Tracking Your Impact

HEALTH & PHYSICAL FITNESS

A national evaluation found that participants are less likely to be overweight and obese after participating in the program and more knowledgeable of health topics than other children not in the program. (Investing in Our Young People, University of Chicago)

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of our participants meet or exceed national youth physical activity guidelines compared to 69% in the control group.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Attending positive youth programs can improve school attendance, academic aspirations, and can reduce the likelihood that a student will drop out (Huang, Leon, La Torre, Mostafavi).

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of school days are attended by our students compared to 88% in the control group.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Attending positive youth programs can improve classroom behavior (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction) Participants are more likely to control their emotions when angry or upset, choosing to solve problems without fighting and more likely to exhibit high levels of self-esteem than other children not in the program.

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of our students exhibit emotional and impulse control with no reports of inappropriate behavior compared to 48% in the control group.

PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT

Parents of participants are more likely to regularly encourage their children to practice healthy behaviors and more likely to regularly talk to their children about school by the end of the year. (Catalyst & Brandeis University)

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of our parents discuss school with their children on a regular basis and encourage their healthy behavior compared with 55% in the control group.
Parents’ Impact Letters …in their own words

Over the years, we have received hundreds of impact letters from parents who felt compelled to express their feelings about their own experience and that of their children with us. Always heartfelt, touching, and generously loving, these letters are a testimony of the special bond that formed within our community.

I am so thankful to all your volunteers for coaching my son this year. Your efforts on the ice has made him not only a better player but a better student as well. All the hard training he endured under your coaches mentoring was well worth the joy I see on his face as he continues to accomplish things he never thought he would. What a great life lesson for him!

LaToya

I wanted to say Thank you for this amazing program! Both my kids (Nicholas and Sarah) absoluely LOVE it. I see them progress every week. My boy can’t wait to be on the other side of the ice learning hockey and my daughter wants to move into figure skating. They’ve never skated before so I think it’s great that you are giving my kids the opprtunity to learn a new skill. Again, thank you so much, it’s inspiring what you guys do.

Angela

My 5 yr old son, Tyrese loves coming to Hockey on Your Block for his weekly skating and hockey lesson. In fact, every morning he wakes up and asks me if tonight’s Hockey on Your Block night! I love that it gives him a chance to interact with other children from our community in a safe environment and appears to help with his social skills as well. Since joining your program, I’ve noticed a huge difference in his confidence and self-esteem. Thank you so much!

Aliyah

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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