Liz Dosier

We exist to create equity for youth living in Chicago’s most economically fragile communities, and beyond.

Skyline at sunset

Chicago Beyond is a Youth Equity Platform that fights to give young people the opportunity to achieve their fullest human potential.

Our beliefs
guide our actions.

For the first pillar of our Youth Equity Platform, Chicago Beyond fuses strategic, research and financial supports to grow the impact of our partners’ work in Chicago and beyond.


WE BELIEVE the justice system isn’t always just.


WE BELIEVE the holistic health and wellness of all families is crucial to strengthening communities.


WE BELIEVE jobs build self-esteem, purpose and resilience in youth.


WE BELIEVE all children deserve access to high quality public education in which they can succeed to their fullest abilities.


Lawndale Christian Legal Center combines quality legal defense and holistic social services for youth facing legal charges, helping provide them a path away from the criminal justice system.


Storycatchers Theatre helps rebuild the lives of justice-involved youths through an intensive and reflective process of writing, producing and performing original musical theatre inspired by their own personal stories.



Youth Advocate Programs provides high-risk youth and their families individualized, intensive and direct services within the home and community settings.


Inner-City Muslim Action Network fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts, and operating a holistic health center.


The Dovetail Project reengages young fathers in the lives of their children and setting them on a path to success through education in parenting, life and job skills.


Healing Hurt People-Chicago uses a trauma-informed approach to serve the holistic needs of youth who have been violently injured, so they can thrive emotionally, physically and socially in their communities.



One Summer Chicago PLUS connects at-risk youth with a 20-hour a week summer job, a mentor, cognitive behavioral therapy and social skill building.


After School Matters delivers paid after-school and summer program opportunities to more than 15,000 Chicago high school teens each year.

After School Matters

Chicago Public Schools’ Auditorium Projects provides at-risk youth with a year-round job rehabilitating auditoriums within the school district.



OneGoal helps students get to and persist through college, starting on the first day of 11th grade through their first year of college.


Genesys Works Chicago provides pathways to career success for high school students through real life experiences in the professional world, workforce training, and paid internships.


SAGA Innovations, Inc. offers targeted, personalized math tutoring to students in the 9th and 10th grade who need it most.