The By the Hand Club for Kids organization celebrated 20 years Saturday and the 6,000 children getting help in Chicago.
JESSE KIRSCH: Today in Cabrini-Green, the By The Hand Club For Kids celebrating 20 years and 6,000 children getting help in Chicago.
JAYLEN MCDONALD: It changed my life academically, spiritually, even physically.
JESSE KIRSCH: 19-year-old Jaylen McDonald, reflecting on his seven years with the after-school program.
JAYLEN MCDONALD: I'm here after school to play basketball, read Bible scriptures, do other activities, and make new friends.
JESSE KIRSCH: McDonald just one of the student artists with work featured on this new mural unveiled today in Cabrini-Green, marking 20 years for this organization in the neighborhood where its mission began.
NATASHA CHILDRESS: As a kid growing up in Cabrini, it wasn't always easy.
JESSE KIRSCH: Natasha Childress, a 2010 high school grad and club alum, says this program was an extra push, supporting her as she grew up.
NATASHA CHILDRESS: They helped me get into a private high school that I graduated from in 2010. They also helped me pay for college.
DONNITA TRAVIS: We know that there's an opportunity gap in the lives of kids living in under-resourced neighborhoods.
JESSE KIRSCH: Guided by faith, Donnita Travis founded the organization in 2001. She says it now offers everything from college prep to computer coding, with no plans to slow down.
DONNITA TRAVIS: We're excited to go for another 20-plus years.