Strengthening Chicago’s Youth COVID-19 Resources

Updated: June 9, 2020 – 12:21pm

In these uncertain and ever evolving times, we feel it pertinent to provide information and resources to all of our partners and stakeholders.  We know that at this time, every may need something a little different.  To help, here is an evolving list of resources to help and assist in your evolving needs.  Check this list daily for resources to be added.

COVID-19 Info

  • General Information and Symptoms
    Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Link
  • City of Chicago Site with Info and Resources
    Organization: Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)
    Link
  • IDPH COVID-19 Statistics: 
  • Organization: Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
    Link
  • How to Make a DIY Face Mask 
    Organization: Time Magazine
    Link
  • Protestors encouraged to get coronavirus testing 🆕
    Organization: BlockClub Chicago
    Link
  • Chicago Moving into Phase 3 🆕
    Organization: ABC
    Link

Physical/Mental Health

  • Podcast: Stress and anxiety in the time of COVID-19 (recorded 3/11/20)
    Organization: Harvard University
    Link
  • Free Online Meditation Exercises
    Organization: Headspace
    Link
  • NAMI Hotline: Mental health and self-care resources are readily available. If you or someone you know is in need of these services, call 1-800-950-6264. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm ET.
    Organization: National Alliance on Mental Health
    Link
  • CDC Mental Health: This site offers information on both what mental health is, as well as maintaining positive mental health.  You can find tools and resources, as well as a treatment locator to find information about mental health services and resources in your area.
    Organization: Centers for Disease Control
    Link
  • CDC – Stress & Coping During COVID-19
    Organization: Centers for Disease Control
    Link
  • COVID-19: Dealing with Social Distancing (Podcast)
    Organization: Scientific American
    Link 

Housing & Food

  • Emergency Rental Assistance:
    Organization: City of Chicago
    Link
  • Eviction Assistance: Chicago has mandated 30-day suspension on evictions due to COVID-19
    Organization: Legal Aid Chicago
    Link
  • Domestic Violence Assistance: If you are co-quarantined with an abuser, the NDVH can provide support
    Organization: National Domestic Violence Hotline
    Call: 1-800-799-7233
    Text: 1-800-787-3224

Financial/Legal

  • Economic Assistance for Illinois Families 
    Organization: Office Of Governor JB Pritzker
    Link
  • Legal Aid Chicago:
    Information on public benefit, employment, home-owner, and consumer legal issues as impacted by the pandemic
    Organization: Legal Aid Chicago
    Link
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
    COVID Resources for Immigrant Families
    Organization: Legal Aid Chicago
    Link
  • Rental Assistance
    Organization: City of Chicago
    Link
  • Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help Page: You may request financial assistance at this site.
    Organization: City of Chicago
    Link
  • COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits in Illinois:
    Organization: Illinois Department of Employment Security
    Link

Childcare/Education

  • Free Educational Resources for Kids Stuck At Home:  Looking for ways to keep your kids busy while they’re home from school during the COVID-19 outbreak? This is an extensive list of free educational resources and activities.
    Organization: ABC owned television stations
    Link
  • 100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic (News Article)
    Organization: USA Today
    Link
  • SocialWorks for Social Distancing – Ways to Assist and Receive Help During COVID-19: A youth focused resource repository offering a variety of resources and activities for Chicago families and youth
    Organization: SocialWorks
    Link
  • Podcasts for Children
    Organization: New York Times
    Link

Substance Use/Disorders

  • PCC Community Wellness Center: PCC provides safe treatment for adults with addictions through our Chemical Dependency Program
    Organization: PCC Community Wellness Center
    Link

Volunteer/Donate

  • Donate to the Greater Chicago Food Depository
    Organization: Greater Chicago Food Depository
    Link

Communications/Internet

  • Comcast Comprehensive COVID-19 Response:60 days free internet access for qualifying families
    Organization: Comcast
    Link

Free Entertainment/Culture

  • Nightly Opera Stream: Free daily streaming operas from the Met
    Organization: The Metropolitan Opera
    Link
  • Google Arts & Culture:Free virtual tours of museums and galleries across the globe
    Organization: Google
    Link
  • Millennium Park at Home: virtual events for everyone missing Millennium Park’s renowned cultural programming 🆕
    Organization: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
    Link

TED’s Response to the Pandemic

Members of the SCY team are big fans of TED Talks. AS TED has instituted a special series of talks surrounding various issues related to COVID-19, we thought we would share some of those highlights with our partners and stakeholders.

  • How to make pandemics optional, not inevitable
    Presenter: Sonia Shah
    Series: Ted Connects
    Link
  • How we can navigate the coronavirus pandemic with courage and hope
    Presenter: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
    Series: TED Connects
    Link

  • How to create meaningful connections while apart
    Presenter: Priya Parker
    Series: TED Connects
    Link

Resource Repositories 

  • Shriver Center Illinois: Resources for individuals and families
    Organization: Shriver Center on Poverty Law
    Link
  • National Council: Resources for COVID-19 🆕
    Organization: National Council for Behavioral Health
    Link

 

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