SAILS: Supporting Adolescents with Independent Life Skills 

Lurie Children's SAILS (Supporting Adolescents with Independent Life Skills) program offers a six-week program to teach teens to prepare for their future in work, college and managing their healthcare. There are also sessions for parents for more information and support. 


SAILS Program Details

Who: Young adults ages 15-20 with chronic medical conditions who are able to participate with peers in an interactive group setting.

Where: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

When: Every Wednesday evening between June 21-July 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
(Please note, we ask that you plan to attend all six weeks.) 

Group Leaders:

  • Rebecca Boudos, Social Worker and Transition Specialist
  • Parag Shah, MD, Transition Team Director
  • Expert guest speakers

Cost: The six-week session and parking are free. Dinner will be provided to all participants.

Contact the Transition Team at 312.227.6391 or transitionteam@luriechildrens.org if you are interested in participating in the SAILS Program. 

For more information about session topics, view our brochure.




What Parents are Saying about SAILS

“Our participation in SAILS provided a wealth of knowledge in both personal and community services available to us. The SAILS program gave my son skills to self-advocate and take ownership of his special needs as he transitions to young adulthood in college and employment opportunities.”


​What Teens are Saying about SAILS

"I learned that you have to advocate for yourself because you are not a kid anymore and it’s up to you to know yourself and not leave everything to your parents. You have to know everything about your health because it's your body. You have to make sure you get the appropriate care that you need from your doctors by speaking up and letting them know what you need."