Anixter Center’s mission is to provide an array of services and support to help people with disabilities and related challenges live, learn, work and play in the community. Located in Highland Park, the agency’s Adult Community Transition (ACT) program helps facilitate the transition of young adults with developmental disabilities from their safe, nurturing school environments to life in the broader community. This is accomplished through individualized employment and volunteer opportunities, case management, educational activities, socialization and recreational activities developed to maximize their independence, giving these young adults “the ability to soar.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters develops high-impact 1:1 mentoring relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people facing adversity. Mentors (“Bigs”) work with children (“Littles”) in the community, in workplaces in their schools, and many places in between. 100% of grant funds from the Highland Park Community Foundation directly support the Highland Park Neighborhood Mentoring Program.
Center for Enriched Living (CEL)
The Center for Enriched Living enhances and enriches the lives of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities – from youth through adulthood. CEL provides a space for our members to grow and learn new social, educational and independent living skills with a community of friends and a world of opportunities.
Center for Independent Futures
Center for Independent Futures upholds a vision for the future where individuals with disabilities have access to all opportunities of a full life. The Center creates sustainable solutions through community living options, personal networks, and lifelong planning and education, tailored to support individuals and families as well as schools and agencies. Center for Independent Futures offers life skills tutoring, person-centered planning, training and consultation, a full calendar of social, cultural, and educational activities, and more.
Family Service of Lake County: Bilingual Counseling, Latino Youth Initiative and Nuestro Center
Founded in 1930, Family Service of Lake County responds to the ever-changing needs of our communities with professional social services, educational programs, and case-management referrals for all ages. Over the past 85 years, tens of thousands of children, youth, adults, and families have benefited from personalized, holistic care and services. HPCF’s support benefits programs at Nuestro Center, bilingual family counseling, and Latino Youth Initiative programs.
Jewish Child & Family Service/Response
Response, a program of Jewish Child and Family Services, empowers adolescents and young adults, ages 12-24, to make healthy life choices. A range of teen-savvy services address the emotional and developmental needs of youth, including: Counseling (individual, family, group); Sexual Health Care; Outreach and Prevention to educate youth and provide support professionals around adolescent concerns.
Highland Park High School – Sunday Soccer and Swim/Saturday Art Enrichment
These programs provide various sports, crafts and art instruction to children and adults from low-income families in Highland Park and Highwood. The program is a partnership with Highland Park High School, Family Services and the Working Together parent group. Participants include more than 350 children and 50 adults and activities take place at HPHS and Trinity Church.
Welfare Council – Community Education Forum
The Welfare Council provides a forum for agencies and organizations involved in human care services in the Highland Park and Highwood area to network, exchange ideas and identify unmet needs. The 75-year old Welfare Council became affiliated with the Highland Park Community Foundation in 2010, after formerly serving as a committee of the United Way of Highland Park/Highwood.
Raskas Friendship Circle
The Friendship Circle’s mission is to empower today’s teens to bridge the gap between families of children with special needs and the rest of the community. Volunteers offer friendship, social, Judaic and educational experiences while enriching their lives and reaping the rewards of selfless giving.
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center
The Zacharias Prevention Education programs are a three-tiered system to educate students, parents, and teachers in the Highland Park schools about sexual assault and abuse. Parents and teachers learn to appropriately discuss the issue of child sexual abuse and to be an ally to any child who discloses an abusive situation. All student workshops are centered on the rights of children and teens to be “Safe, Strong, and Free.” They help students understand personal boundaries, recognize adults they can turn to in a time of crisis, and empower themselves to reduce the risk of being abused.