The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago 2015, May 2-3

Children's Research Triangle

The work of Children's Research Triangle (CRT) began in 1976, when a group of volunteers came together to serve families and children who faced an array of challenges. In 1998, CRT was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization as we continued to expand our services. (CRT) is dedicated to the healthy development of children and their families and our work has many facets. We offer Evaluation and Treatment for a variety of developmental, educational, emotional, and behavioral concerns, with specialization in childhood trauma and prenatel substance exposure. We assist parents in the process of making decisions regarding adoption, we host support groups to bring people together to share successes and challenges, and we provide a Speakers Bureau to share our expertise among parents and professionals. Our Research Department allows us to expand evidence-based treatment and ensure that our work is informed by the most up-to-date information. As a result, our clinical programs are recognized as national models for successful interventions. In addition, since 2000, Camp SOAR (Special Outdoor Adaptive Recreation) has allowed children with special needs to create lifetime memories at our overnight camps.

What new functionality we are looking for

The functionality that we desire in a new website would include an engaging home page that will entice the visitor to explore the other new and improved (and equally as engaging) other sections of the website. It would also include more graphics, perhaps using children's art and graphics that depict that this is a child-centered agency. We also hope to have pages/links that can be helpful for families. For example, articles or supportive documents for a parent whose child was sexually abused, a page for youth that can provide confidential and accurate information about adolescent mental health issues, and graphics that are also links to the many fantastic partner sites. We have a vision of how it will be, yet, don't have the expertise to make it happen.

How the new functionality will help

Having a great website, a more professional website, would help us fulfill our mission in the following ways. For one, it would allow us to better market our services. Next, it would allow us to offer critical web-based resources for youth and families through information and some interactive sections (links to PDFs, blogs, other sites). In all, it's an important facet of our overall service provision.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

91 Messages from Supporters

2015-03-05 20:48:51 UTC
The Schaefges Family

Camp Soar has given my daughter friendships, experiences and happiness just like every other child experiences in the "abilities" world. They deserved the best New Website and more for all the love, support and patience everyone involve does! Money can't buy all they do for our children and us so make them #1 just like we all do!

2015-03-09 17:20:05 UTC
The Leahy Family

Our son Tyler has been going to Camp Soar for 9 years! I cannot explain how beneficial this time away from home is for Tyler. He absolutely loves the independence and friendship that camp provides. We are forever grateful to the people of CRT/Camp Soar. They deserve the best in every way!

2015-02-17 20:40:18 UTC

CRT has grown so much over the past few years. With that growth, we have developed many new programs, group, and partnerships. In addition, all of our amazing clinicians each has a unique set of skills. It would be awesome if we had a website that reflected this.

2015-02-17 23:09:29 UTC

CRT is doing incredible work in some of the most challenging neighborhoods in Chicago, providing therapeutic services to children and families and helping them to overcome their unique struggles. CRT also has a strong Development Team that, combined with their Research Program, is able to secure local and federal grant-funding that often offers services to low-income populations free of charge. An updated website would help immensely in drawing more potential clients to CRT and highlighting the plethora of therapeutic services available to them.

2015-02-18 23:21:15 UTC

CRT is a place for those children who didnt get the same chance as others. Either due to neglect of a parent who couldnt control themselves or others who put them in harms way! Any thing helps and it goes to the bottom line which are the childrent they serve!

2015-02-19 20:31:56 UTC

As part of my role at CRT I run our Youth Advisory Board. The board is youth-driven and dedicated to providing a peer-to-peer support network for youth who have experienced trauma. One of the requests that youth from the board have made is to have a youth-oriented page on the CRT website that would offer information and resources for youth who are looking for support. If CRT was selected to receive a professional website, we would be able to develop a youth page that could go above and beyond in meeting their needs!

2015-02-20 03:40:01 UTC

CRT makes such an impact in so many people's lives each day and continues growing by adding more programs to better serve families. The Nerdery Challenge would offer them the cutting edge website styles/features that they need to assist with their growth. My organization, Chicago Gateway Green was lucky to have won The Nerdery Challenge a couple years ago. THANK YOU NERDERY!!! Having that opportunity helped us tremendously and now that I sit on CRT's board, I can't think of another organization that deserves a spot in this challenge more.

2015-02-20 15:09:33 UTC

CRT does such good things to help children grow and prosper. They help the parents too. Camp Soar does so much for children with special needs. I hope they win!

2015-02-20 15:18:14 UTC

I have attended the annual CRT fundraiser and Camp Soar. I see the profound impact CRT employees have on the lives of both the children and their parents. It is time to show our appreciation of all the efforts of the CRT staff. I can't imagine an organization more deserving of some help with their website. An engaging, interactive website might lead more parents toward getting the help they need from CRT. You found your winner Nerdery!

2015-02-20 16:18:17 UTC
Joe G

I am pulling for Camp Soar!

They do a tremendous job working with special needs children and providing the parents some well deserved 'time off'.

Such a 1st class organization.

2015-02-20 16:59:27 UTC
Kelly K.

The work Children's Research Triangle is doing is INVALUABLE to the children, parents and families that they are involved with. To give this organization a more efficient and well-designed website would extend their reach and help them grow so that they can positively change and impact the lives of kids that may otherwise never have access to them, giving them a chance to grow and prosper in ways they may never know without the help of CRT's dedicated team.

2015-02-20 18:53:16 UTC

In a world where people stay online for most of the day, a standard website just doesn’t cut it. CRT is doing great work and deserves a great website to match that.

2015-02-20 20:38:47 UTC

I went to a fundraiser ran by the Children's Research Triangle and it is tough not to be touched by the work they do for these special needs children. It is evident how positive of an impact CRT and the workers there have when you see the interaction with each child that you meet.

The amount of work the people at CRT do to assure that these children and their families are provided opportunities to persevere is impressive. My nephew is autistic and I can not tell you how appreciative one is of people and organizations like CRT.

They deserve to be rewarded with a great opportunity such as this to improve their web site and the service that they provide these children.

I think picking CRT would not only be a great decision but I think the developers at Nerdery would find a great sense of self worth by helping such a noble cause.

2015-02-21 13:19:28 UTC

The Children's Research Triangle is such a wonderful asset to children and families at risk and those with special needs. An updated website may better assist them with engagement and providing information to these children and families. This would be a great opportunity for CRT to further reach out to those in need of their valuable services.

2015-02-21 19:14:32 UTC

Children's Research Triangle serves a challenged, challenging, and underserved population: children with prenatal substance exposures, children who are abused and traumatized, and those with developmental disabilities. They offer a yearly camp for children with developmental disabilities (Camp Soar). No one pays for therapy-all therapy services are covered under all the multiple grants they get from federal to small foundation grants. It's highly unusual to find therapy for children and families that is without a fee. This is a deserving organization that needs a website truly reflective of who they are and what they do so families and social service providers can easily identify CRT as a the valuable resource it is.

2015-02-22 16:23:31 UTC
Eileen Reisel

CRT deserves to be the winner of your website challenge. This organization is dedicating to changing the lives of people every day. The level of commitment, dedication, and compassion is unmatched. Having an updated, state of the art website would greatly support the team at CRT and allow them more time with the children and families, time that they so beautifully serve. Because of CRT, many of these children and families have a chance of a good quality of life that without CRT, they would never be able to experience. I cannot say enough positive things about CRT, their mission, and their staff.

2015-02-23 01:32:42 UTC

The professionals who provide the services at CRT are compassionate, caring, kindhearted, and committed individuals. They are dedicated to making a difference to the entire diverse and muli-cultural community. Receiving assistance with their website design from the Nerdery Website Challenge will allow them to continue to focus on providing professional services to the children and their families knowing they have an alternative to disseminating and circulating information, provide access to resources, provide educational information, and even allow parents to complete some of the initial intake documentation from home. The website would also allow others, like myself, to make donations to their organization even if we don't live in Illinois. CRT makes positive changes where it matters most (at an early age) and is a deserving organization for the Nerdery website challenge.

2015-02-23 15:40:44 UTC

The staff at Children's Research Triangle pour their heart and soul into their patients. As you know an updated, organized, functional website is an important part of every business (for profit, non-profit, or otherwise). Winning this challenge would free up resources at CRT and allow them to continue to focus on improving the lives of their patients and families instead of dividing their resources between their important work and trying to maintain a technically engaging website to get word of their great work and offerings out to the world.

2015-02-23 18:51:59 UTC

As a supporter of CRT for many years, I believe that CRT would be an excellent choice for the Nerdery Website Challenge. CRT is made up of a group of incredibly talented and passionate people who have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of children and their families. I support CRT because the work they do truly helps. From their programming in underserved areas of Chicago helping children who have experienced severe traumas to their summer camp for kids with developmental disabilities their tireless efforts have made significant differences for many children and their families. CRT is a deserving organization for the Nerdery challenge and your generous contribution would allow CRT to help even more children and families. Thank you.

2015-02-25 22:05:44 UTC

Children's Research Triangle is made up of fabulous clinicians who do fabulous work! As a social worker in the city of Chicago, I'm always in need of good referral sources for our students and families to get extra support. CRT is this place! They are also able to work at our school two days a week to support some of our students that need extra support dealing with the trauma that they have experienced in their lives. CRT rocks... and, if they believe a website would help them better serve people, I would trust that need. I am thankful for CRT each day while I am at work.

2015-03-05 00:13:37 UTC

Yes, Children's Research Triangle does excellent work. Yes, they're working with kids and families that few other organizations have the expertise or the willingness to work with. But what makes CRT so deserving of The Nerdery's Overnite Website Challenge is the staff. Some have paid for a client's transit costs out of their own pocket to make sure their client will be able to make their next appointment at CRT. Some have personally paid for craft supplies needed for children's therapy groups. Most of them have donated their personal time to run after-hours groups or volunteer at Camp SOAR so special-needs campers can have a wonderful summer camp experience. What makes the organization extraordinary is the extraordinary and dedicated people who work there. Please name them the winner of your overnight website challenge -- for the amazing people who work there, AND for the many families who need their expertise but have not yet discovered CRT. A new website would help them find the help they need.

2015-03-05 04:54:15 UTC

CRT has a really good reputation among all social work and counseling schools in chicago area for its commited services to serve children and their family, simports among staff, trainings to promote competency and agency culture. This is a dream place for many new bird in the field. In addition on the trauma-informed considerate services CRT provides to children with complex trauma histories living in different communities in chicago area, CRT also made a great commitment in helping new social workers and therapists grow.

2015-03-05 15:01:24 UTC

CRT offers a trauma-informed services to at risk children from around the city and as people have pointed out, these services are grant funded, so they are free to participants. It would be awesome if we could have a website that publicized that. In addition, we have an assessment clinic that provides evaluations to children ages 0 to 18 who present with a wide variety of difficulties. Often, we hear other professionals say, "Oh, I didn't know about your agency." I think if we had a better website, we would have more traffic, which would increase our visibility overall. This would help us serve more people. Thank you for considering us for the Nerdery challenge.

2015-03-05 15:54:46 UTC

My experience with CRT has proven that this organization dedicates all of it's time and effort to so many children and families in need. I have been to a few CRT functions that are organized for these children and their families, so I have seen and experienced that the members of this group not only give their professional time, but their personal time and money out of their own pocket as well. This organization absolutely has earned and deserves to win the Nerdery Website Challenge. A fresh, new website will deliver all of the information and support needed to guide the existing children and their families that rely on this organization, but it would also attract and assist other families in need that would benefit from this selfless and wonderful group of people.

2015-03-05 16:31:39 UTC

CRT really seems to tackle social problems at the root of the source, which is with the youth and home. If it weren't for a few people I know that work there, I would have never known it had existed. That is why an improved web presence would be very much needed for them. Awareness and education is such a huge component to what they do, and this challenge would help on both of those accounts.

2015-03-05 16:53:51 UTC

CRT offers Camp SOAR, an overnight camp for kids with special needs. SOAR gives special needs kids a great opportunity to just be themselves and have fun hanging out and enjoying summer camp. Swimming, songs, crafts and campfires, all the special memories of camp. Camp SOAR also an opportunity for high school and college students to volunteer as one on one aides or be on the activity team. Many of these volunteers continue their education in social services or special needs education. An improved, eye catching website could be a conduit to interest a wider audience of students to volunteer.

2015-03-05 17:32:54 UTC
Julie S.

CRT and Camp SOAR deserve a new website based on the incredible work they're doing for children who don't have a lot of opportunities. My younger daughter went to Camp SOAR last summer for the first time -- it's the only place I could trust to keep her safe and happy for her first experience away from home. For families with kids with special needs, Camp SOAR is a unique and amazing experience. Please help CRP and Camp SOAR create a new website to communicate their great activities to families, potential volunteers, and others who might support them!

2015-03-05 17:33:36 UTC
Coakley Family

Camp SOAR has been a huge part of my daughter's life. Like many children with developmental disabilities, she has a difficult time with friendships and has less opportunities for social participation than her non-disabled siblings. Camp SOAR is a special club she is a part of and she loves going away for a week every summer. CRT has made this possible and they 100% deserve a new website to better fulfill their needs!

2015-03-05 17:48:49 UTC

Camp SOAR is a mainstay in my son's summer activities. It is a place where he is just like everyone else; a place where he can have fun and be independent; a place where he has friendships--not just friends--for the week; a place where he can just be. The week away also allows my husband and me to have time to reconnect and relax because we know our son is safe and happy. Please help CRT and Camp SOAR to create a new website to better communicate how it can help other people with its activities and programs.

2015-03-05 17:51:02 UTC
Debbie Nelson

CRT and it's Camp SOAR have been game changers for my son and our entire family. Thank you!!!

2015-03-05 18:31:58 UTC
Jane Marcoux

We are writing to support Camp SOAR and the work they do to provide families with first class respite care from caregiving for their loved ones with special needs!

2015-03-05 19:21:54 UTC

CRT does so much for the clients and families that we work with. A new website would help expand our reach to our clients, both future and current. It would also allow us a platform where we could provide trustworthy and relevant information for our clients, accessible whenever they needed it.

2015-03-05 20:53:04 UTC

Children's Research Triangle and Camp SOAR gave my daughter a one of a kind experience that went above and beyond to give her the greatest camp experience ever. It goes without saying on what a wonderful and exceptional organization this is and they are well deserving of a new website to meet the ever growing needs of their organization and what they can do.

2015-03-05 21:37:50 UTC

Since people often associate the quality of a website with the quality of an organization, an enhanced website will help people know immediately that we are a great organization. This will help broaden our outreach to clients, volunteers and potential funders. This is particularly timely as we are working to expand our associate board, bring on additional interns and recruit Camp SOAR counselors for the summer.

2015-03-05 22:02:36 UTC
J. Louise

Usually the first experience that people have these days with an organization is with the website. CRT provides SO MANY different and amazing services, and I'm not sure that web-users get a full picture of what CRT has to offer. Many of CRT's clients are connect through word-of-mouth...just think of how many more people could find out about and access the awesome services if the website was more developed.

2015-03-05 22:28:31 UTC
The Podrasky Family

Tim has enjoyed Camp S.O.A.R. for many years now. Words can not say how wonderful this organization is for our family. IL continues to cut services yet the folks at CRT are there offering help and hope. To some people it's just "summer camp". For us it is a chance to rest and rejuvenate while Tim gets his fill of fun with people who don't treat him differently or stare. This is priceless.

2015-03-05 21:44:33 UTC
Nina Aliprandi

Camp SOAR/The Children's Research Triangle has been my oasis. The staff of this organization provide services, overnight camp, and research for children who are challenged medically & developmentally. The opportunities they provide to these children and Families are like no other. Life can be very isolating for these children and there parents as we spend much of our time between therapy appointments and Dr.'s appointments. Camp Soar has provided my family an opportunity to learn, play and grow. My daughter Olivia absutely loves her camp experience every year. Those days are filled with nurturing and structured opportunities she would not be able to get anywhere else.
If Camp SOAR/CRT had a new website they could provide more information, and maybe interactive opportunities. They have a lot to share with Families and professionals. A new better designed website would broaden their reach!

2015-03-05 23:36:21 UTC
Kym & Isaiah Bills

Camp SOAR has been a true blessing for me and my son.
This is the one place where my son can be "himself" and enjoy the world around him. I know that for one week, Isaiah's interaction with his peers and counselors will allow him to be his authentic self. Not having to conform to the world around him. Instead, he is allowed to be who he is and around individuals who love him, just for him. It warms my heart and sends me a great deal of joy and peace that he has a place to experience that.

Illinois has sat at the bottom of the barrel (for a long time) when it come to funding for services to those who are disabled. Camp Soar & CRT has continued to provide as much as they can to their families. They deserve the gift as they give much more than what they are asking for.

Camp Soar and CRT does exceptional work and an exception web-site would be a small token of appreciation. They give so much to use parents it would be nice to see them get a new web-site.

2015-03-05 23:39:23 UTC

As a parent of a child with special needs, an organization like CRT and the wonderful programs they offer are like a beacon of hope. Without their dedication and expertise, so many kids would miss out on the opportunity to have fun, grow socially and emotionally, and push their own developmental envelope. For their work, we truly think they would be a worthy recipient of this grant.

2015-03-06 16:19:59 UTC

Children's Research Triangle has many programs and services that touch the lives of children with special needs and their families. Camp SOAR alone is reason enough for CRT to deserve this new website. As a parent of a child with special needs, I have not come across another Camp where a Developmental Pediatrician and a Pediatric Nurse donate & devote 2+ weeks of their year (besides the endless hours of preparation) to hands-on run this phenomanal life changing camp. Our kids couldn't be in better hands!

2015-03-06 17:31:49 UTC
The Gott Family

Our son absolutely LOVES Camp SOAR! He looks so forward to going every summer. Camp SOAR gives him the opportunity to be himself, hang out with a lot of friends and have a great time in a camp-like setting with kids his own age. Every year he has gone, he grows more independent and more social than ever before. It will be a sad day next year when he graduates!

2015-03-07 17:08:15 UTC
The Senese Family

Our daughter Nicole looks forward to attending Camp SOAR every summer. The opportunity to go to an over night camp was not available to her until we found out about Camp Soar. The kindness and friendship given to her by the counselors is invaluable to her and our family. She learns to be more independent each summer after her camp experience. It has a great impact on her development into becoming a young independent woman. She does not get many opportunities at developing friendships as she gets older since thru the school districts her opportunities get more and more limited as she gets older. Each summer at Camp Soar she continues on with current/past friendship and develops new friendships. She comes back from Camp SOAR each summer more confident and feeling she has value as a person. CRT has made this available for her each summer and we feel they deserve the new website.

2015-03-07 17:55:27 UTC

2 years ago I was introduced to Camp Soar, my daughter who is now 10 has Down Syndrome. I was at first apprehensive about sending her, by herself, first time away from Mom and family. Also being overprotective and scared about how she would do. But turns out, she did great, the counselors and staff are wonderful with our kids. She came home and showed me that she was self starting too in new areas. Guess it was Mom that needed this camp more than her to show me that she can do many things on her own. Becca has grown and come out of her shell over the past 2 years. I look forward to sending her and have shared the information with other parents that have children with Special Needs. It gives us a little break from the routines and gives her sibling some extra special attention the week that Becca attends camp too. This program is wonderful and I hope that many others can partake in it and reap the benefits of a Wonderful group of people that invest their time, talents and hearts.

2015-03-07 18:31:43 UTC

Here’s what I know about CRT. They are a multi-disciplined, professional, compassionate, team that is deeply committed to providing the best possible care for the people and communities they serve. Receiving support with developing a new website would only enhance their ability to continue making a difference in people’s lives.

2015-03-08 15:48:06 UTC
The Pitzo Family

My daughter enjoys attending Camp Soar and hanging out with her peers. We love the respite it provides for our family. CRT is a remarkable organization and does an amazing job with limited staff and resources. My wish would be for more children and families to be served by this organization. A more robust website could allow potential clients, donors and volunteers to learn more about CRT and its mission, the population they serve, the programs and services they provide, and the myriad ways for them to get involved. CRT is first-class and deserves a more professional design and modern website that inspires confidence and positively impacts more lives.

2015-03-09 13:59:23 UTC

We began working with the staff of CRT with our foster daughter when she was only 1 1/2 years old. They've worked with us for a year now and have been invaluable in helping us to understand how to get her the help she needs because of her drug and alcohol exposure and the trauma she's already experienced in her short life. I can't say enough good things about their work, dedication, and commitment they give.

2015-03-09 21:34:42 UTC

My son has only been going the last 3-4 years, but the benefits are amazing. He was fairly independent in his ADL's but the ability to go off and be independent without his parents was great for him as well as us!! He also learned to bond with other campers and counselors. My daughter has been a counselor for about 6 years and the experience she has received in helping others and learning about other disabilities has been very helpful in her career choice.

2015-03-09 20:09:47 UTC

CRT is a great institution worthy of winning the Nerdery challenge. The staff at CRT are extremely devoted individuals who help many families in various settings. Camp SOAR provides fun for special needs campers while giving much needed respite for parents. The counselors at camp are also part of a unique experience, and they gain as much, or more, than the campers. An updated website would make life easier for staff at CRT so they could spend time doing what they do best, helping children and their families!

2015-03-10 15:16:40 UTC
Kristin and Scott Wexell

Our daughter Shannon Wexell is Down Syndrome and because of that, my husband and I tend to be overbearing parents. When we heard CRT and the camp they offer, Camp Soar, it was the perfect opportunity to send our daughter to place where she would have a great time, make new friends and be well cared for. All the while me and my husband would learn to cut the proverbial cord and allow her to become independent. We all need a break from time to time, the children and the parents. The end result after a week at camp was a more mature daughter who made friends, was happier, was proud of her accomplishments and excited to return the following year. We as parents were also rejuvenated and refreshed. A new website would help generate more interest for the camp as well as for supporters to donate to an amazing cause. CRT does more than just camp, I'm simply sharing my experience. That being said, revamping the CRT website would be an investment in the potential of special people and their possibilities.

2015-03-11 17:52:14 UTC

As a working single parent of a 16 year old son with autism and mild cognitive damage from birth (in addition to his twin sister and younger sister) I'm 'slightly' busy and my budget is tight. I try to give all of my children opportunities to do things that will enrich their lives but it can be a challenge due to budget and time constraints. It is even more of a challenge to find opportunities for my son due to his being 'differently abled'.
Writing from the perspective of a parent, Camp Soar is like a dream come true for a special needs child. Their all-volunteer staff is so knowledgeable about every possible challenge that these children could have while attending a 5 day overnight camp. That in itself is a feat that should be recognized! My son has attended for three years; every time I bring him I'm moved to tears by the unconditional acceptance, compassion, professionalism, kindness and love that this camp provides for countless kids. Many of these kids would never have been able to have the 'camp away' experience while cultivating friendships, build confidence while gaining independence and really feel validated in a fun, safe environment. It is a priceless feeling to know my son is safe while having the time of his life, and I can spend some stress free time with my daughters.
I know that when I come to pick him up he'll have his 'Camp Memory Book' that he and his counselor have made over the week, filled with pictures of him, his counselor, his many new (and old) friends and their fun activities. He'll carry that Camp Memory Book with him throughout the next year and will want to show it to anyone new that he meets. THAT is how much my son treasures his time at Camp Soar. I'll never be able to repay the individuals that selflessly dedicate themselves to the Children's Research Triangle, but I believe that an improved website could give Camp Soar (and the other Children's Research Triangle programs) more exposure for sponsorships and reach more parents of children with special needs.

2015-03-13 17:18:16 UTC

My Daughter is one of the children that CRT has touched in a wonderful way! Every year she gets to spend a week away from her boring parents. It's her own time to build relationships with peers. To be an independent person, for a child with disabilities that is a wonderful thing! CRT will make the most out of a brand new website that will be enjoyed by many!

2015-04-01 17:12:03 UTC

I began attending Camp SOAR as a counselor at age 16. I never expected my life to change in such numerous ways over the past 11 years. I have grown personally and professionally in all areas of my life thanks to the incredible years I have spent at SOAR. You will never find a better collection of selfless, compassionate and fun-loving campers and counselors. The campers have changed our lives, just as we strive and hope to make an impact on our campers and families lives. While our camp has been growing exponentially for years, a new and improved website will help us reach more individuals and families around the country.

2015-04-01 17:36:21 UTC

CRT is a wonderful organization that helps so many children and families.CRT also works with many Spanish-speaking families and it would be great benefit if the content on the website was available to them in their language. Having Spanish language content on the website will allow a whole new group of people to learn about CRT.

2015-04-01 16:30:01 UTC

CRT is certainly in need of an updated website, and is most deserving of one given all the work they do in the city of Chicago for youth, families, and communities at large. If the website does not look professional, then the services offered will not appear legitimate. On the contrary, they are committed to serving the most at-risk populations in the city and need to broaden their reach through a more visible online presence in order to do so more effectively.

2015-04-01 16:38:47 UTC

This is a great agency that I found myself connected to. It is a welcoming and warm place where kids and their families are supported.

2015-04-01 16:53:06 UTC

CRT and Camp Soar are great parts of an organization that serves a population of children and their families often overlooked. As experts in their field they are good at many things, but website design is not one of them.

Getting a better site will enable CRT to focus on their strengths and do good work on a larger and more visible platform!

2015-04-01 17:11:30 UTC

Our generation learns of new places by searching the web. If I stumble upon a website that is poorly designed, I'm less likely to frequent the company. I don't want other people to feel that way about Children's Research Triangle (CRT). CRT is an amazing non-profit that should have an equally amazing website.

2015-04-01 18:57:41 UTC

CRT Provides invaluable services to children and families who truly need it but are sometimes forgotten about.

2015-04-01 18:03:13 UTC

CRT is an amazing organization that helps connect many people. Camp Soar, which they organize, is an awesome opportunity for children to get away and experience different skills and activities on their own and with friends. CRT deserves a better website to help show how awesome their organization is and what it really has to offer!

2015-04-01 18:43:25 UTC

Few nonprofits are as deserving of a proper website as the Children's Research Triangle. Its work with Chicago youth is absolutely vital to the future of this city. A new website can increase the visibility of CRT so that more people can learn about and benefit from its services.

2015-04-01 19:03:11 UTC

Over 6 years, I helped families get access to the services they need through my work in a legislative office. Much of this time was spent pointing folks to the right resources and walking them through the process. Having a simple, easy-to-use website would make a huge difference for real people who want to do right for their families. The folks CRT serves have a tough enough path. Navigating the website should be the easy part!

2015-04-01 19:11:03 UTC
Carrie McDonald

CRT is an amazing organization and like many non-profits, they need our continued support. The chance to update the site is a great opportunity and since I'm sure it's low on the priority list in terms of funding, this may be their only chance.

Honestly, what could be more noble than helping children and families in need? These folks deserve it. Thanks and good luck CRT!

2015-04-01 19:19:08 UTC

Camp SOAR has done so much for my family. My brother formed so many new friendahips and I've grown so much as a person by volunteering here. They deserve a new website because it could help them reach out to more families like mine!

2015-04-01 19:29:45 UTC

Camp SOAR is single-handedly the best two weeks of the year. It is hard to explain how wonderful it is to people who haven't yet experienced it, but I think that it has changed my life for the better. Camp SOAR is a safe place for all the campers and the counselors. It is somewhere you can go and be completely, unapologetically yourself and still be loved. I have been a counselor for four weeks with Camp SOAR and within those four weeks I have completely changed what I want to do as a career (from accounting to working with people with special needs). I am forever grateful that Camp SOAR has sparked a passion within me and I hope that it will be able to do the same for many more people in the years to come.

2015-04-01 18:48:41 UTC
Josh T.

I signed up to be a counselor because of my friend that has previously been a counselor and has a brother that has been going to SOAR for a lot of his life. I would have to say that being a counselor at SOAR changed my life greatly because of all the new friends I was able to make and just how amazing this program is. CRT deserves this because of the many lives they have helped for the better and just how amazing they are as individuals.

2015-04-01 19:03:06 UTC

CRT does great work with kids in several different types of programs. Their staff is hardworking and thorough. I have attended many trainings with clinicians from CRT and their quality is second to none.

With funding challenges from the state and dependence on other areas, things like quality websites are often out of reach. CRT could really use this to highlight their amazing programs.

2015-04-01 19:10:54 UTC

Children's Research Triangle does so much for some of the most vulnerable populations in Chicago. Please help them get a new website! They deserve it.

2015-04-01 20:03:33 UTC

CRT does so much for the youth and families in Chicago, please help them continue their mission and grow!

2015-04-01 20:15:38 UTC

Camp Soar is such an amazing experience and opportunity. It allows people to "soar" new places and meet new people while having a fun time! Please help them keep growing and changing lives!

2015-04-01 20:48:21 UTC

CRT provides a safe place for people who may otherwise not have such a place. The people are genuine and the work heals children and families. An improved website would help people who need the help find these amazing programs and people. It may also help people who are in a position to give be able to do that.

2015-04-01 21:29:17 UTC

No one deserves a new website more than CRT! Camp SOAR has been such a life changing camp for me as a counselor, as well as my brother with Down syndrome who is a camper. I have life-long memories and friends because of it

2015-04-01 20:17:42 UTC

I have been a counselor at Camp SOAR for 3 years and it has taught me so much about myself and about children with special needs. Camp SOAR tries so hard (and succeeds) to make sure that each and every camper is having an amazing time and making friends that will last a lifetime. Camp has enriched my life and has helped me find my passion for working with children with special needs, which is now what I am working towards everyday in college. If it weren't for Camp SOAR, I would be a completely different person, unsure of what to do with my life, and have nothing to look forward to every summer. (ONLY 86 DAYS TIL CAMP!!!) Camp SOAR deserves the absolute best because they do so much for so many children every single day!

2015-04-01 21:08:30 UTC

CRT is providing a great and invaluable service to the community!!

2015-04-01 20:22:18 UTC

Describing CRT's camp SOAR as exceptional is an understatement. Camp SOAR is an amazing program for campers, councelors, and parents. Camp SOAR is amazing for campers because it gives campers the ability to create everlasting memories, and experience the best week of summer. Camp SOAR is amazing for counselors because the experience a life altering week . Camp SOAR gives parents a well deserved weekend to themselves, at ease knowing their children are in good hands. This camp positivly impacts everyone involved. The memories I have experienced from camp Soar are memories that will stay with me forever. When I say camp soar is the most influential week of my life it is not an exaggeration.

2015-04-02 00:41:53 UTC

Camp SOAR offers opportunities unlike any other and is life changing not only for the campers, but for the counsellors as well. Children's Research Triangle has made me a better person and continues to help our community everyday.

2015-04-02 00:50:02 UTC

Children's Research Triangle is an incredible organization with such a dedicated, talented, and supportive staff. CRT's work is invaluable and offers so much to so many individuals and families in Chicago.

2015-04-02 01:31:55 UTC
Jon Miller

It's my belief that the work the CRT does is crucial for the families and children it serves everyday. Their compassionate approach, along with a deep understanding of the challenges presented to them makes CRT especially deserving of a new website that helps them to carry on the important work they do. The dedication and personal concern shown by its entire staff is especially admirable. At the most critical and pivotal moments in a family’s lives they are there; ready to help and ready to listen. CRT especially deserves to win this competition so they can continue to help make life better for families and especially for the innocent children they protect from harm’s way.

2015-04-02 01:54:43 UTC

CRT is filled with therapists dedicated to helping children live positive, productive lives despite their chaotic, traumatic experiences. Their child and family-centric approach to therapy is unique and their commitment to scientific research makes them leaders in the field. They are especially deserving of this website to help promote the education of other professionals, staff and most importantly, the families/children that benefit from their outstanding services.

2015-04-02 02:34:52 UTC
Lobin Schwartz

We couldn't do it without Children's Research Triangle. They are the best.

2015-04-02 02:36:31 UTC

Children's Research Triangle deserves a well-organized and up-to-date website! They help so many youth and can only help more once their website is functioning at the highest level!

2015-04-02 01:55:55 UTC
Sandra Brown

CRT has been instrumental in serving the needs of my children. CRT have shown me various ways to reach my children with additional resources and workshops. CRT is truly deserving of having a make over website, in order to reach other families and to share the resources and most importantly, knowing that the support is available to other families.

2015-04-02 02:14:03 UTC

For the past 5 years, I have been a counselor at Camp SOAR. I always say it is the best week of the year, yet often the hardest. Each year, I meet inspiring campers and counselors who teach me about myself and the wonderful aspects of others.
My younger brother also attends camp, but as a camper. I have seen him grow in his communication strategies with a week away from home! CRT has supported Camp SOAR to support the growth of so many campers, counselors, and staff members!

2015-04-02 03:09:33 UTC

I have been a counselor at Camp SOAR for the past 5 years. Camp SOAR isn't like your average summer camp. Though it provides a variety of activities for the campers, it is designed specifically for the needs of the campers. It's a challenge to come up with the right words to explain how amazing Camp SOAR is, as the experience speaks for itself. Campers walk away from the week of camp with a whole new understanding, acceptance, appreciation, and passion for individuals with any physical/cognitive disability. The bonds between counselor and camper are almost instantaneous and can't be broken. During the weeks at camp, campers are able to participate in activities such as swimming, pop rock painting, making slime, arts and crafts, dance, volleyball, life size kerplunk, and so much more!

Camp SOAR has changed hundreds of lives, including my own. I'm always telling other people about my experiences and encouraging others to become involved with camp. In order to draw even more counselors to camp, we need a new website!

2015-04-02 03:01:08 UTC
Pria Daniel

Camp SOAR is an incredible place for everyone. As a first-time staff member last summer, I heard the phrase "camp is for the campers" on many occasions. This was because counselors are responsible for making sure campers are as happy and fulfilled as possible. But camp isn't just for the campers. Camp is for parents who get to send their kids off for a week and welcome them home as more independent and successful young adults, ready to share stories of their fun adventures. Camp is for the counselors who are blessed to share a part of their summer with campers who make them love their jobs. And camp is for our community, even those who aren't directly involved with camp, because having a place like Camp SOAR exist just makes the world a better place (sorry for the cliche.) I'm so grateful for CRT and everyone who makes Camp SOAR possible. I plan on returning every summer for as long as I can!

2015-04-02 04:26:12 UTC

Children's Research Triangle is an incredible organization with such a dedicated, talented, and supportive staff. CRT's work is invaluable and offers so much to so many individuals and families in Chicago.

2015-04-02 04:36:47 UTC

Camp SOAR is one of the most incredible programs I have ever been a part of. After the end of my first week volunteering as a counselor, I distinctly remember leaving camp with the feeling that I just partook in something truly special. I do not think anyone really can understand the meaning of pure happiness until they see how thoroughly these campers enjoy their time at camp. I believe that this is what makes Camp SOAR unique. The incredible spirit and attitudes of everyone involved creates an environment that could not be replicated anywhere else.

What is even more astounding is that there is so much more to CRT than simply Camp SOAR. This organization deserves to win this challenge because all of CRT's programs have unparalleled, unique goals; Camp SOAR is only one part!

2015-04-03 15:01:34 UTC

this summer will be my 11th summer at Camp Soar. The impact that camp has had on my life is indescribable. The bonds that are made with campers and other counselors is life-long. I majored in special education in college and have now been teaching preschoolers with Autism for the last three years. I would not have taken this path in life had it not been for Camp SOAR and CRT.
The website is the main source for recruiting donors, volunteers, parents and children. It is important that this website reach as many people as possible.

2015-04-03 14:05:38 UTC

The work that CRT and its therapists do is amazing and they need a website that reflects the awesome work they do!

2015-04-03 21:18:19 UTC

Wonderful organization that offers children an opportunity to spend time with others. The camper counselors love the opportunity to participate. I can tell you from my daughter. This Summer it will be her third year... she can not wait to go! The friendships, opportunities are memorable.

2015-04-07 00:42:48 UTC

CRT is an amazing organization that does outstanding work for children who have no other advocates. Without CRT and their knowledgeable, understanding staff, the children served by CRT would be without families, advocates, support, and help. The staff of CRT are of the highest caliber and credentials. Their tireless hours of dedication has, literally, saved children. CRT has my highest admiration and support.

2015-04-13 04:26:26 UTC

I have only spent one week as a camp SOAR counselor and just from that short amount of time it was clear that CRT has been doing amazing things for the campers, families and everyone else involved as well. Getting a website would be absolutely deserved by CRT so that more people will get to experience and support the good this organization is doing.

Our Mission

CRT’s mission is to provide research-driven services that improve the quality of life for all children with special needs or those who are at risk for developmental, behavioral, psychological or educational challenges. Our vision is for all children, no matter what challenges or disabilities they may face, to have a safe and nurturing childhood and to receive the support necessary to lead happy and fulfilled lives.