We cultivate self-love and acceptance, instill purpose, and support the well-being of black women, girls, and families through wellness, life skills, and creative arts programming.
We envision a world where all women and girls are empowered to show up as their authentic selves.
Advocacy and Empowerment
We are dedicated to empowering individuals to advocate for themselves. We recognize that some voices have been historically silenced, and we work to create platforms for these voices to be heard.
Holistic Health and Well-being
We prioritize comprehensive care that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit, ensuring the well-being of individuals within our community.
We firmly believe in the power of community building and the importance of nurturing relationships to unite us in our shared mission of uplifting, empowering, and motivating one another.
Inclusiveness and acceptance
Inclusiveness and acceptance are fundamental values that shape our company's culture. We firmly believe that every individual is valuable and brings something unique to the table.
At the heart of our organization lies a commitment to timeless values that inspire compassion, empathy, and personal growth. We draw upon universal principles of kindness, resilience, and community building, inspired by a shared understanding of the inherent worth and potential within each individual. Our approach is guided by the belief in fostering a nurturing environment where participants can find strength, purpose, and support. These values, rooted in timeless wisdom, guide us as we empower individuals to navigate life's challenges, build meaningful connections, and contribute positively to the broader community.
The Chrysalis Program seeks to reduce or eliminate the effects of childhood
trauma for African American girls and their families on Chicago's South Side and beyond.
The Chrysalis Program creates safe spaces for girls to heal, learn and grow by
offering Wellness Workshops, Counseling, Life Skill
Classes, Creative Arts Lessons, Parent Classes, Enrichment
Field Trips, Mentorship and Community Events.
The Chrysalis Program is unique because it takes a holistic
approach to empowering; teaching both life skills
and coping skills that gradually improves the quality of life
for participants and their families.
By executing several initiatives, ranging from after school and summer programming to youth leadership development initiatives, The Chrysalis Program is helping to shape the next generation of leaders who will have a direct impact on our communities. The Chrysalis Program’s multilayered approach has a proven track record of improving students' expectations and capacities for future success while decreasing likelihood of engaging in risk-taking behavior.
Chrysalis Program students learn under three pillars:
The Chrysalis Program originated as The DARK Brown Girl book series, designed to empower African American girls and women by fostering confidence. In response to heartfelt messages and letters detailing challenges faced by girls struggling with self-love, bullying, and even attempts at suicide, we recognized the urgent need for a safe space. Thus, The Chrysalis Program was established as an interactive haven for learning self-confidence in a joyful and secure environment.
As we delved deeper into the community's needs, it became apparent that addressing issues like pediatric asthma, diabetes, domestic and community violence, and childhood trauma required a comprehensive approach. Our vision expanded to ensure that participants not only gained confidence, improved behavior, and excelled academically but also embraced healthier minds and enduring positive lifestyles.
Since our launch in August 2016, the Chrysalis Program has impacted 618 students through Saturday Sessions, engaged with 2,837 students in school workshops (both in person and virtually), and supported 1,253 parents through classes and workshops. Notably, 94% of workshop participants reported a significant boost in self-confidence, 91% noted a decrease in depression symptoms, and 89% observed improved academic grades since joining our organization."
The Chrysalis Program was established on Chicago's south side, where 76.6% of the population identifies as African American/Black. The area has a significant youth population, with 22% falling between the ages of 5 and 19, making it the largest cohort in the region. The median household income on the south side is $34,174, notably lower than the national average of $62,843. Additionally, 17% of residents in this area have not completed high school, 35% have achieved a high school diploma, 8% hold an Associate's Degree, and only 11.7% have earned a Bachelor's Degree.
Our mission is to bridge the education and wealth gap by empowering students for successful adulthood through the teaching of essential life skills. The Chrysalis Program focuses on leveling the playing field by providing exposure and access. We expose students to experiences and individuals who inspire them to set higher expectations for themselves. By offering access to training that prepares them to meet these expectations, we aim to empower and uplift our students.
Our program allows students to:
The Chrysalis Program offers hope, empowerment, sisterhood, encouragement, affirmation
and acceptance to an underserved population of girls.
The Chrysalis Program offers Saturday Sessions, Tea Talk with Teens, Summer Camp, Afterschool Programming, Counseling, Service Opportunities, and International Travel. These interactive offerings in conjunction with community events and field trips keep our families engaged and foster growth and transformation to inspire the success of our students. Each of these initiatives have a unique model, that has a proven track record of success among those who participate.
The Chrysalis Program addresses societal blemishes such as:
- Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps
- Chicago Violence
- Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Self Hate
- Childhood Depression
- Hair and Body Shaming
- Suicidal Youth
The inception of the Chrysalis Program took place at the intersection between wanting to reach the world with a message of love & wholeness and needing to make an immediate change in our own community right here on Chicago's Southside.
The Chrysalis Program does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.