Chicago: By The Hand Club for Kids Ministry
In 2001, Donnita Travis saw kids in Cabrini-Green who were failing in school, getting in trouble, and literally had no place to go after school, the most dangerous time of their day. Feeling called to do something about it, she quit her job as president of a successful advertising agency and started By The Hand Club For Kids, giving 16 of those children a place to go, getting help with homework, and finding real purpose in their lives.
Today, By The Hand is a faith-based, after-school program committed to transforming young lives – mind, body, and soul – and helping kids experience the promise of abundant life. Located in four of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, By The Hand serves nearly 1,300 children and plans to accommodate more than twice that many in the next decade. Not only are a majority of By The Hand kids getting all As, Bs and Cs, but this fall, more than 40 of their students are attending or have graduated from college or a technical school. Initially, Chicago Public School principals recommend all By The Hand kids as failing in school and needing help. They attend free on $6,300 scholarships.