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What's New at JPA

June 14, 2024: How Teacher Stress Management is Crucial for Handling Student Mental Health

June 10, 2024: JPA Awarded Cook County Behavioral Health Grant

May 6, 2024: Rising school violence sparks concern: Chicago agency links increase to mental health crisis 

April 30, 2024Mental Health Crisis in Schools - YouTube

March 18, 2024: Juvenile Protective Association expands to provide more children mental health resources – NBC Chicago

September 26, 2023: Difference Maker: Organization offers therapy to CPS students

May 19, 2023Now in its 122nd year, one of Chicago's most underrated, unsung, and longest-standing charities, the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), continues its mission.

June 17, 2022: JPA's President & CEO, Karen G. Foley, awarded PsiAN's first service award.

April 11, 2022: Mesirow's President, Natalie Brown discusses the importance in partnerships with Chicago organizations, including JPA's WeRock program.

March 11, 2022: Remembering former JPA President and social justice Advocate, Josephine Minow

After teaching kindergarten and 5th grade at Francis W. Parker School in the late 1940s, she later became president of the Juvenile Protective Association originally founded by Jane Addams. While she was president, the meeting space didn’t allow women to enter through the front door — leading Ms. Baskin Minow to change their location in order to ensure every member could come through the same door.


December 9, 2021: Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Invests $8.3 Million In Children’s Mental Health
The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) has responded with the COVID-19 School Wellness Initiative (CSWI) – a statewide effort to address the mental health needs of children, their caregivers and teachers in communities hardest hit by COVID-19. As part of this school wellness initiative, ILCHF recently awarded 29 two-year grants of up to $300,000 each, representing a total investment of more than $8 million. 

October 12, 2021A Better Chicago to grant $7M targeting mental health for CPS students recovering from pandemic learning loss - Chicago Sun-Times.
At the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), a $950,000 grant will scale its 8-year-old Connect to Kids (C2K) program. Currently in 10 schools, C2K provides teachers with weekly social and emotional learning consultation throughout the school year.

September 9, 2021: How to Fundraise in a Pandemic: Wins, Losses and Lessons Learned
At the Juvenile Protection Association — a 120-year-old organization that brings mental health professionals into the classroom to help students in under-resourced neighborhoods — the pandemic’s impact was felt immediately. 

June 10, 2021: Finalists Selected in Multi-Million Dollar Chicago Whole Child Learning Acceleration and Wellness Initiative

As students across the city head into their final weeks of a school year rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, a local venture philanthropy fund focused on supporting Chicago youth from cradle to career today announced eight finalists as part of its multi-million-dollar initiative to identify and invest in Chicago’s most promising innovations to accelerate learning recovery and promote wellbeing in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

February 12, 2021: Mesirow Child Thrive Resource Center

JPA will collaborate with the following partners on this community-driven initiative: Children’s Place Association (CPA), West Humboldt Park Development Council, and Rush University Medical Center.


June 14, 2020: Editorial: Chicago Forward — Your proposals, and hope for our youth (Chicago Tribune)

"What these young souls don't know is that we need these 'outsiders' as much as they need us 'insiders,' the engaged citizens of Chicago. Our city as a whole will rise or fall depending upon our success in facilitating their success. These are young lives in the balance. Ours is a city in the balance."

June 3, 2020: Meaningful Message from JPA President & CEO, Karen G. Foley

“True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice.” - Jane Addams

April 19, 2020: Our Charities: Courage in the Face of Challenge (Classic Chicago Magazine)

“We are in close contact with all our families. At this time, children are anxious and afraid, and they pick up even more when parents show understandable fears. We are dealing with families in high poverty and violence—we want them to know that they can rely on us.” - Karen G. Foley, JPA President & CEO

June 14, 2019: Mapping Stanley Tigerman’s diverse Chicago Work

JPA is honored that our offices are considered the fifth most influential work of famed architect, Stanley Tigerman.

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