Storycatchers Theatre would not be able to deliver its programs to a broad constituency of court-involved and otherwise marginalized youth without the company’s many program partners.
Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago
CIS of Chicago aims to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. They do this through partnering with community organizations that provide programming for their partner schools. CIS of Chicago supports Storycatchers’ Changing Voices Ensemble tour by connecting Storycatchers with Chicago public schools who are intersted in hosting the ensemble for performances and workshops.
Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC)
CCJTDC provides safe, temporary secure housing for youth between the ages of 10 and 16 with pending legal action in the Cook County Courts in addition to youth who transfer from Juvenile Court jurisdiction to Criminal Court. CCJTDC is dedicated to providing its youth with leadership, structured care, and supervision through a balanced approach of creative programming and services that teach responsibility, accountability, and sensitivity. Storycatchers began developing its residential program model in partnership with CCJTDC in 1990.
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ)
The IDJJ is committed to the preservation of public safety by reducing recidivism. Understanding that youth have different needs than adults, the IDJJ provides individualized services from by qualified staff to help these youth develop the skills they need to become productive citizens. The IDJJ has partnered with Storycatchers since 2002 to provide gender-specific programs to incarcerated adolescents at Illinois Youth Centers in Warrenville and Chicago.
The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO)
The CSO is a musical force in Chicago and around the world. When world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti accepted the position of CSO Music Director, he expressed a desire to expand the CSO outreach work into youth prisons. An exploratory meeting between CSO and Storycatchers staff resulted in a partnership that integrates CSO teaching artists into the Fabulous Females program; in addition, Muti and the internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma have provided intimate concert/workshops for the girls incarcerated at IYC-Warrenville.