Our mentorship programs build healthy relationships characterized by respect and trust, allowing kids to see themselves through God’s eyes and recognize their own self-worth and potential. It's through these relationships that youth learn to be the kind of leaders that will impact future generations.
Juanita grew up in the Logan Square/Humboldt Park area of Chicago. A busy and active part of the city, she says her neighborhood was known for a “lot of violence, brokenness, and dysfunction. As a little girl I saw the gang bangers, the prostitutes. It was a very dark environment.” The brokenness was also a part of Juanita’s life at home. With both parents suffering from mental health issues and unable to care for her, she was adopted and raised by her great-grandparents, already in their 60s.
Our after school programs give kids a safe place to hang out, engage in constructive activities, learn about God, and build positive, long-lasting relationships with mentors and friends.
Aside from a single memory Ricky has of he and his dad playing at the park, he doesn’t remember his father at all. That’s because when Ricky was still a very small boy his father chose a life on the streets rather than a life at home taking care of his family. Even now as an adult, the only thing Ricky really knows about his father is that at some point he was incarcerated.
Our sports leagues create positive environments where kids can build confidence, forge strong relationships, and practice teamwork and other important life skills while doing something that they really love.
When you work or volunteer with ICI, you have to be ready to discuss just about any topic—you never know what the kids are going to ask! But what’s always true is that kids are really curious about spiritual things and will impress you with some deep and insightful questions and observations.
Our age-appropriate camping programs take kids away from everything they know to a place where they can experience God’s creation, expand their life experiences, and imagine something different for their futures.
Already familiar with ICI’s programs because of her older sister, Mia couldn’t wait to start attending them herself. With both parents working, and a younger brother to take care of, Mia needed a safe, family-like environment, where she could be free to be a kid.