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“I am extremely grateful for the staff at Horizons for Youth and all that they do for my children. They really care about my kids and go above and beyond!”

Yessenia, Program Parent

“All these years, I just thought I wasn’t smart.”

A Diverse Learner alumnus, discovering that he just learns differently from his peers

While other Chicago groups screen for high-achievers, Horizons for Youth accepts and serves students of all academic abilities. We currently have 90 Diverse Learners identified in our program, including diagnoses of: ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Learning Disability, Language Impairment, and Developmental Delay.

We do whatever it takes to ensure our students defy the odds. For our students with diverse learning needs, we:


  • Diagnose why students are struggling in school through comprehensive psycho-educational examinations provided at no cost to families
  • Secure IEP/504 learning plans to confirm that students will receive the support they need at school
  • Oversee the implementation of the plan, ensuring needs are addressed
  • Teach students how they learn, empowering them to self-advocate
  • Train teachers on evidence-based interventions
  • Navigate families through identification and response
  • Provide professional tutoring conducted by highly trained instructors
  • Pair students with licensed clinical social workers for counseling when needed