Basic Needs Access
Black and Brown communities have long been denied access to health services, access to education, and access to housing!
Systemic tactics such as redlining, predatory lending, disinvestment in schools, and high student loans have contributed to stark wealth disparities between Black and Brown communities and their White counterparts.
1. Workplace Advocacy
- Thriveable Wage
- Salary Transparency
- Holistic Benefits
2. Closing the Wealth Gap
Student Loan Forgiveness
Justice Equity and Transformation
The criminalization of youth and the over-policing of communities’ of color perpetuate white supremacy.
October 20, 2023
Alternatives is genuinely concerned about the current events impacting people in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s order for evacuations amid ongoing airstrikes and a deepening crisis. We strongly condemn the bombing of civilians.
November 8, 2023
As an organization, Alternatives upholds the value of liberation and freedom for all people. Chicago’s status as a Sanctuary City since 1985 – representing a promise to shield all immigrants in Chicago from federal agents, regardless of citizenship, residency status, or whether they are seeking asylum – is an essential part of Alternatives’ vision of young people, free.
November 16, 2021
At Alternatives we uplift the power of healing individuals, restoring communities, and transforming systems. As an organization that has existed in Chicago for half a century and provides Restorative Justice and Behavioral Health services to primarily Black and Brown youth, Alternatives knows that the Chicago Police Department doesn’t contribute towards the safety and wellbeing of the young people we serve. Nonetheless, last year, 39% of Chicago’s city budget was allocated to the CPD.