|  500 W 5TH AVE Naperville IL 60563-2901

Alive Center Nfp is headquartered in Naperville, IL, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 45-4998475.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Youth Centers, Clubs, Multipurpose within the Youth Development category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2013.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology due to only having one year of electronically-filed IRS Form 990 data.

To ensure year-to-year consistency the Encompass Rating System’s Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS 990.
Charity Navigator currently only has one year of consecutive e-filed Forms 990 from the IRS for Alive Center Nfp under the EIN: 45-4998475.
Before Charity Navigator can evaluate this organization, Alive Center Nfp will need to e-file for additional fiscal years.

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Largest Programs

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Alive Center Nfp reported its largest program on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goals for 2018 are: Our goal for each program is to: ? Provide teens with a space to create and innovate new Teen-Led-Teen-Driven programs, clubs, events, and campaigns. ? Provide local teens with a free, accessible, safe, inclusive, and supervised place to go after school (especially for teens whose parents work). ? Provide high quality, accessible tutoring that is free and thus available to all local teens. ? Increase self-esteem and confidence in our junior high teens, getting them ready for high school. ? Bring new life experiences and coping skills to our local teens. We expect to achieve the following outcomes: ? Achieve 22,500 teen visits to Alive ? Provide over 300 Mentoring hours ? Provide over 275 Tutoring sessions ? Increase Alive Teen self-confidence by 25% ? Increase Alive teen ability to cope with stress by 30% ? Increase Alive teen sense of belonging by 20% STEM Goals: ? Introduce STEM to 150 girls ? Introduce STEM to 200 minority and/or low-income youth

What are your strategies for making this happen?

We are honored and thrilled to be one of the first teen centers in the nation that is serving both junior high and high schoolers, privileged and at-risk, through a peer mentoring model. High schoolers lead and create all of our teen programs. It is a powerful peer model of teens helping teens where they all become empowered in the process. Our teen leads are learning early in life that they can make a difference along with learning valuable business and life skills. The younger teens and tweens they are serving are lifted up through our TLTD programs and will grow up to be the future leaders of Alive. Our program also keeps teens off the streets and out of trouble while helping them to learn, lead, create, innovate, build resiliency skills, and discover who they are and find that critical purpose in life... What makes them come alive! Alive opened to satellite locations, leveraging free spaces from other organizations, in 2018. We plan to continue to open more to help empower more kids!

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Alive serves teens and tweens who are interested in connecting with what makes them come alive, building leadership skills, increasing their health and well-being, and having a stronger sense of community and belonging. Our teen initiated Drop-In programs serve junior high and high school students living in the cities of Naperville, Aurora, and surrounding areas. All tweens and teens are welcome. Our convenient location allows most of our teens to walk to us straight from school or the bus. In addition to scheduled programming, the Alive Center is open for drop-in hours every week day from 3pm to 6 or 7pm during the school year and from 12 to 5 pm each week day during the summer. Approximately 60% of our drop-in teens come from single parent families, 50% have a disability of some kind (including ADD, ADHD, autism, and mood disorders), and 33% come from families below the Median Family Income of DuPage County. As well, 15-30% of our drop-in kids are African Americans. Teen-Led, Teen-Driven TLTD TM Alive’s Teen Initiated Drop-In programs are innovative Teen-Led, Teen-Driven (TLTDTM) programs that provide teens with support and a space to innovate and lead while empowering younger teens and tweens in the process. Alive believes engaging youth in the solution to today’s challenges is critical to our future success: • Teens have the ability to lead and innovate. • Teens relate well with other teens (peer programs). • Teen mentoring/peer programs increases community connection which is healthy for all teen risk factors. • Teens bring fresh perspectives to community issues. • Teens teach us about new technologies. • A ‘teens-helping-teen’s peer model enables both sides to learn valuable skills, gain new experiences, and build relationships leading to more empowered, resilient teens. Our Teen Initiated Drop-In programs include: ? Free after school drop-in hours providing local teens with a safe after school alternative. This is especially popular with teens whose parents work and those with special needs. Kids make new friends at our Drop-in Hours. The program includes: o Complimentary tutoring. o A mentoring program which provides our younger teens with older teen mentors. o Clubs such as Girl Empowerment, Debate and Poetry that meet during our drop-in hours to provide our teens with an opportunity to share and learn life skills. o An art room with projects and unstructured art time. o Board games, video games, snacks, and a large space to play ping pong, bags, etc. ? STEM programs in our Alive Innovation Lab to get more kids interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at a young age and to address the current STEM skills gap- such as Girls Who Code, Computer Science Club, Science Exploration Club, and Robotics. ? Life Skill Classes such as meditation, healthy cooking, mindful art, fitness, self-esteem workshops, career development, physical fitness and more. ? Leadership and innovation opportunities for old

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We will measure against our goals

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

As for June 2019: - 3500+ kids reached a year - 30+ Teen-Led, Teen-Driven programs a year - 25,000 Teen Visits - 1100+ Mentoring hours - 650+ Tutoring sessions - 9 STEM programs impacting over 1700 kids, 145 which were African American - Increased Alive teen self-confidence by 31% - Increased Alive teen sense of belonging by 29% - Our STEM Camp for Girls increased confidence in STEM by 43%


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