About the Project

The Center for Childhood Resilience is partnering with school, health, and community-based organizations throughout Illinois to respond to the rise in feelings of helplessness and hopelessness among marginalized youth populations.

The Center for Childhood Resilience is partnering with school, health, and community-based organizations throughout Illinois to respond to the rise in feelings of helplessness and hopelessness among marginalized youth populations.

You Are Not Alone is an initiative of Lurie Children's and regional partner organizations to broaden the number of mental health providers who are trained to work with marginalized youth, and equip non-mental health professionals with evidence-based, trauma-informed resources.


The need

Refugee and immigrant children are reporting heightened fears of being forcibly separated from their family and support networks, or of being returned to life-threatening circumstances. LGBTQ and youth of color are frightened that the broadened civil rights and social acceptance that have been advancing in recent years are now at risk. Children of same-gender couples also fear the dissolution of their parents’ marriages and subsequent loss of guardianship. 

Together, these fears increase the sense of isolation and hopelessness among this population. Community counseling centers are overwhelmed with the volume of calls for support, and schools are reporting higher instances of hate speech, racist vandalism, and disruptions to learning because of safety concerns.


Partner organizations

Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience
Lurie Children’s Gender and Sex Development Clinic
Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition, Refugee and Immigrant Committee
Immigrant Mental Health Coalition
City of Chicago Mayor’s Office Mental Health Response Steering Committee
City of Chicago Chicago Is With You Task Force
Youth advisors