Single Parents Encouraging Children In Alternative Leisure
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About Single Parents Encouraging Children In Alternative Leisure
Single Parents Encouraging Children In Alternative Leisure was founded in 1996 by CEO, Katherine Maggitt.  After discovering the limited choices single parents had for summer recreation for their children, Katherine Maggitt began organizing other parents, started fundraising, and seeking sponsors to help support the first youth outing in 1997 to Indiana Beach Amusement Park.  Single Parents Encouraging Children In Alternative Leisure continues to host a yearly family outing in addition to taking advantage of "family nights" at the Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells. 

Single Parents Encouraging Children In Alternative Leisure's Mission Statement:
  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L. believes that children should be exposed to positive recreation in order to promote healthy and successful lifesytles.  In keeping with "it takes a village to raise a child" S.P.E.C.I.A.L. desires to mentor youth using various resources to prevent youth exposure to negative influences most commonly seen in large urban areas. 
  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L. seeks donations from public and private organizations and individuals

S.P.E.C.I.A.L.  provides mentoring for youth through workshops and afterschool tutoring, etc.  Parents are also offered classes on budgeting for recreational activities.

Since 2004, S.P.E.C.I.A.L. has hosted an annual toy/food/coat drive for underpriviledged families.  Last year over 150 youth received toys, clothes, food, etc.

In 2008, S.P.E.C.I.A.L. began hosting workshops for youth empowerment and is planning a 6 week youth empowerment camp for the Summer of 2012.

In 2011, Single Parents Encouraging Children In Alternative Leisure became incorportated as a non profit 501(c)3.

In 2012, S.P.E.C.I.A.L. began providing child day care for qualified families through the Illinois Action for Children program.