Loyola University Chicago

Building Resilience Against Violence Engagement (BRAVE)

School of Social Work

By The Hand Club for Kids

By The Hand is a Christ-centered, after-school program that takes kids by the hand and  walks with them from kindergarten through college, loving and nurturing them—mind, body and soul. Founded in 2001, By the Hand Club For Kids has 5 sites that serve the Austin, Altgeld Gardens, Cabrini Green and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago. By the Hand-Englewood has been a BRAVE partner site for Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work since July of 2018. 

By the Hand Club For Kids vision: Helping children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods have abundant life. Services offered include: blended learning, homework assistance, bible study, chapel, vision and dental services, and transportation to sites for students kindergarten through college age from partner schools and back to  students’ homes. The agency primarily serves African American and Latinx students. 

By The Hand Club for Kids hosts after-school BRAVE programming Monday through Thursday evenings. Programming is diverse in content. Along with academic help, BRAVE programming at By the Hand-Englewood addresses leadership skills, social emotional learning, community engagement, social justice, and mental health education.  By The Hand also partners with other organizations in the Chicagoland area. In response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, By the Hand has offered both in–person and virtual participation options. When in-person, the organization uses social-distancing practices to ensure a safe environment for BRAVE students and staff. 

By The Hand Club for Kids is a Christ-Centered organization that focuses on nurturing the mind, body, and soul of its community members. For more information, please visit the By The Hand Website.