The Importance of Supporting Swing for Kids

Children across the nation, but especially in Chicago’s urban district, which currently faces a $1 billion budget shortfall, are not getting the access they need to high-quality in-school arts education and social-emotional learning (SEL) opportunities. Additionally, children in Chicago are heavily affected by the State of Illinois cuts to funding for after school programs, childcare, and teen employment programs. Swing for Kids leverages its unique position as a nonprofit in the arts and SEL space with local supporters of Swing Dance to provide low-cost and no-cost programming to Chicago’s most vulnerable youth.

Part of our funding model includes asking school leaders to set aside a portion of their discretionary budget to pay our highly trained instructors to deliver our programming. Many of the schools serving the most vulnerable students have not been able to prioritize the social and emotional needs of their students. We raise funds to provide scholarships to under-resourced schools so that all students have access to our life-changing programs.


Give through CrowdRise

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Swing for Kids every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop using AmazonSmile .5% of the purchase price goes directly to Swing for Kids! Click the button below to add Swing for Kids as your AmazonSmile charity!

Donate through United Way

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. If your corporation participates in United Way's charitable giving, designate Swing for Kids as your charity of choice. United Way will forward your contribution to us! Want to add us to your corporate giving list? Contact us today!


Where does the money go?

Your donation pays for high quality instructors for our free and reduced price programs offered to low income schools, as well as the cost and fees associated with maintaining our CPS vendor license and operational costs. Your donation helps to keep Swing for Kids operational and allow us to pay for the expansion of our programming in Chicago Public Schools.

Do the participating schools pay?

Schools that are able pay a program fee to cover the cost of the dance instructors and supplement operational costs. However, schools that serve a student population that receive free/reduced lunch can apply for partial and full scholarships. The more partner and donor support we have, the more scholarships we can offer!