By The Hand Club For Kids


PICS Organization Name
By The Hand Club For Kids

Chicago, Illinois

Organization Description

By The Hand Club For Kids (BTH) 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. BTH began in 2001 with 16 children from Cabrini-Green, now serving nearly 1,600 children annually at 5 locations throughout Chicago. Children are referred to BTH for being in need of academic and social-emotional intervention. BTH students have access to transportation, college tours, guidance counseling, meals, mentorship, tutoring, reading instruction and enrichments such as sports, music, and science. Children receive vision exams, dental care, and have access to mental health counseling. In 2019, 87% of high school graduates attended college, students grew in reading from the 20th to the 60th percentile, and 86% of students passed their classes. In addition to supporting children, By The Hand extensively supports holistic community development.

In the Austin community, By the Hand has worked transform vacant property into thriving after school and school space, as well as creating outdoor space and supporting a student-led outdoor fresh produce market. Supporting community development, including researching grants, writing grants, and working to serve more children and serve them more holistically is a huge benefit to our organization. Due to the structure of the organization being heavily student focused, we have limited capacity on our team for our community development work, having the extra capacity allows us to do more for our children and families.

Internship Description

This internship will entail extensively involvement in community development. Supporting the construction, partnerships and project management of a 140,000 square foot community center that will serve as the 6th location for By The Hand Club in the West Side of Chicago. In addition to the community center, support in fundraising and project management for the Austin Harvest program, an outdoor youth-led produce market. Students will learn community relations skills, community development skills, fundraising, grant writing, project management, and get exposure to solving the major challenges faced by urban communities in cities across the country.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

Excellent at research, background knowledge of urban issues preferred, self-motivated, passionate about serving others.

Additional Qualifications

  • Fluent in reading and writing in English.
  • Proficient at Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Proficient with Google Docs and Drive.

Additional Info
Since we serve children, a background check and Child Protection Policy training are mandatory, both of which we provide.

Former Interns
Joanne Shin '23, Cassidy Humphries '22, Irene Hsu '20, Tiffany Chen '20

Evaluation Excerpt

This organization is not merely an "after-school program" as it advertises, but it is incredibly holistic and nurtures every aspect of a child’s health - mind, body, and spirit. I was able to see firsthand the effects that a lack of a father figure, or low literacy levels, or an unsupportive family have on a child’s well-being. By The Hand incorporates systemic change because it not only supports kids who are searching for a better life, but it takes students who are at highest risk of failing out (and contributing to the cycle of poverty) and gives those students a second chance at having a more abundant life. 
—Tiffany Chen '20

I would say that my internship with By the Hand not only met [my] expectations but exceeded them. Socially, I have learned so much about myself and the world we live in. I have realized how much an environment can have an effect on a child and his/her life.  --Cassidy Humphreys '22

The other day, one of my students told me that I was the "bestest teacher he ever had at By the Hand". It was at this moment that I recognized the impact I was making on the lives of these children. This reminded me of the significance and worthiness of working in the civic sector and it inspired me to continue to strive to incorporate civic service into my future career. —Irene Hsu '20