Standing with Children and Parents
During Afterschool Hours
The high stress levels of the children of Chicago have prompted United Stand to become innovative in its approaches to helping children and adolescents learn stress-reduction and self-care strategies. United Stand has designed afterschool prevention programs that tap into the creative arts and serve to reduce stress, reinforce learning, and develop special interests and talents. These have included programs such as art expression, dance movement, theater, yoga, and special-focus groups such as Bullying Prevention and Strong Girls and Boys.
United Stand's afterschool programs have also targeted needs that have been expressed by parents themselves. For example, Parent Support Groups, in both English and Spanish, explore the building of positive communication and relationships with children and adolescents, the management of challenging behavior, as well as special areas of concern posed by participants.