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For Kids

Regardless of how old your children are, healthy habits are important. We have several programs for children and adolescents that are fun and help them stay healthy! To stay informed on upcoming events and program sessions, follow us on Facebook or return to this page.

Be Me Be Healthy

This educational support group provides adolescent girls ages 13-18 a space to talk openly with their peers about issues like sexuality, healthy relationships, and life challenges. Be Me Be Healthy meets for eight-week sessions in the fall and spring. The group meets at Esperanza Brighton Park, 4700 S. California Ave.

For more information, contact Michelle Gonzalez, Care Coordinator at 773-584-6133.


Little Doctors Day

Little Doctors Day connects Esperanza staff with young children in the neighborhood. Esperanza’s staff provide education on germs, healthy eating, physical activity, and more. Children that participate in this program get to try on a real doctor’s lab coat.

For more information, contact Amy Bolton, Manager of Special Events at


Mano y Mente

This educational support group provides adolescent boys ages 13-18 a space to talk openly with their peers about the challenges they face as they grow into men: mental health, community violence, sexual health, self-care, and healthy relationships. Each participant is also paired with a community mentor. This six-week session concludes with an art show and an outing to Starved Rock State Park.

For more information, contact Daniel Vergara, Behavioral Health Consultant at


Vida Sana

Vida Sana (Spanish for "healthy life") helps kids to eat right and be active. This group meets for four-week sessions, and includes two individual visits with a pediatric physician and two group sessions. The first group session includes sports and games for participants! The second session includes a cooking demonstration and food tasting. Vida Sana has fall and spring sessions.

For more information, contact Asenet Vallejo, Care Coordinator at 773-932-1016.

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Reach Out and Read

At their first well-child visit, children under five are “prescribed” reading activities and given a brand new book.

For more information contact Jessica Torres, Community Programs Manager at

Girls on the Run & Heart and Sole

Our Girls on the Run team of 3rd to 5th grade girls, and our Heart and Sole team of 6th-8th grade girls gain self-esteem, learn about physical activity, and build friendships while training for 12 weeks for a 5K race during both a spring and fall season. These teams meet at Esperanza California, 2001 S. California and Esperanza Marquette, 6550 S. Richmond St.

To register, contact Asenet Vallejo, Care Coordinator at 773-932-1016.