Using outdoor adventure sports like kayaking, orienteering, cycling, and rock climbing, Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) helps under-served youth in Chicago have a lasting positive impact on their communities and become healthy adults by teaching effective social skills, increasing participants’ sense of possibility, and fostering a sense of empowerment and personal responsibility.
San Francisco, at the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium!
Alcatraz photo taken by Chris Lockyer of Committed 2 the Core in Nova Scotia
Huge props and a gigantic, heartfelt Thank You go out to the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium for welcoming two of the young people who joined us at the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium in Munising, MI in July for the Gitchi Gumee Project! We could not be more pleased! You can donate here to help fund this project.
Celebrating at the end of the Symposium
Thanks for joining us!
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us at Murphy’s Bleachers on November 15 for an evening of fundraising and reveling. We were so pleased to share the evening with over 75 people, introducing lots of new people to CAT and raising funds to keep doing the unique work that CAT does.
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Coaching for CAT – your class or private lesson will directly benefit CAT. What better combination?! Check here
for information about paddlesport classes and private lessons with Andrea.
Read about the Gichi Gumee Project
: A collaborative program that gives Chicago youth the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and to learn the sport of sea kayaking. Thanks, Kokatat, Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium, and Down Wind Sports!
Learn more about what we do and how we do it by reading our Clinical Frame located on our About Us page.
Chicago Adventure Therapy values and promotes diversity and inclusion in our organization, our programming, and our partnerships. We are dedicated to providing quality, safe, effective programming to people regardless of race, ethnicity, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, body type, ability, income, religion, philosophy, and/or all other identities represented in our diverse city.
Chicago youth face overwhelming challenges every day. CAT has worked with youth:
- receiving or in need of mental health treatment
- experiencing homelessness
- experiencing poverty
- who are gang-involved
- who have experienced or are at-risk of interpersonal or community violence, and
- who identify as LGBTQ
You make it possible
We believe that no individual or agency should be unable to participate because of financial reasons, so we work with each referring agency to negotiate a realistic price for them. Over 50% of our budget is raised through the generous contributions of individuals like you.
Here’s what our youth have to say about our programming: