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Welcome to Upward Community!

Upward Community has had the privilege of serving the Chicago Jewish community through its focus on mental health since 2008. We hope that you will take the opportunity to explore our website and discover the plethora of services and programs we provide.

Each of these services have enabled the families of our community to gain greater insight, overcome challenges and continue their journey upward.

Under our new name, we are taking all that we have done and expanding, growing and multiplying our impact. We want to thank you for being here and in joining us in helping our Upward Community.


Prevention 2

Utilizing comprehensive and cutting edge curricula, Upward facilitates interactive prevention classes and workshops in local elementary and high schools.

  • The Barry and Harriet Ray Step up To Healthy Living Curriculum
  • School Workshops
  • Teacher Trainings
  • Community Lectures


Upward provides a wide range of activities, designed to support and uplift children, teens and young adults.

  • The LevelUp Lounges
  • The Upshots Basketball Leagues
  • Weekend Retreats Supported by the Walder Foundation


Intervention 2

Upward’s clinical services include therapeutic programs to help children, teens and young adults overcome their struggles with mental health.

  • The Mozes and Helen Stern Upward Counseling Center
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Art Therapy Groups
  • Professional Development

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Mission statement

Upward Community is committed to developing emotionally healthy children, teens and young adults. We empower youth by creating safe spaces dedicated to fostering connections and building resilience, while supporting parents and educators as they navigate the challenges of raising children into healthy adults.