Mayor Daley Proclaims By The Hand Club For Kids Day

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Mayor Richard M. Daley recognizes 10th anniversary of Club’s work in Chicago’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Only by working together as an entire community can we transform the lives of children in Chicago’s most needy neighborhoods

Mayor Richard M. Daley proclaimed Apr. 28 By The Hand Club For Kids Day in Chicago, encouraging all Chicagoans to recognize the vast improvement the after-school program makes in the lives of the city’s youth. The recognition falls on the not-for-profit organization’s 10th anniversary.

Located strategically in four of Chicago’s most impoverished inner-city communities where overcrowded and under-funded schools abound, By The Hand Club currently serves 767 children with tutoring, mentoring, hot meals and safe transportation. By The Hand emphasizes academics and a commitment to nurturing the whole child – mind, body and soul.

In the proclamation, Mayor Daley praised after-school programs as tools for building stronger communities by involving the entire community in the lives of young people. Daley more specifically pointed to By The Hand’s work over the last 10 years and encouraged Chicago’s citizens to recognize its “quality programs that support our children, families and communities.”

“We’re thrilled to receive the proclamation,” said Donnita Travis, Founder and Executive Director of By The Hand Club For Kids. “Only by working together as an entire community can we transform the lives of children in Chicago’s most needy neighborhoods.”

Founded in 2001, the organization has employed 15,000 volunteers and filtered $20 million in private funding to the four neighborhoods around its sites: Cabrini-Green, Austin, Altgeld-Murray, and Englewood. The Club is on track to serve 1,000 children by 2012 and 5,000 by 2020.

By The Hand Club is a faith-based, after-school program committed to transforming young lives by helping kids experience the promise of abundant life. The organization literally and figuratively takes kids “by the hand” and walks with them from the time they enroll in the program until they’re walking independently as well-adjusted, responsible adults. By The Hand Club plans to expand into other neighborhoods and will host its 6th Annual Spring Benefit, Apr. 28 in the Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier.

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