SAILS: Supporting Adolescents with Independent Life Skills

Lurie Children's SAILS (Supporting Adolescents with Independent Life Skills) program offers a six-week curriculum 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, recent summer programs were held virtually. We will return to in-person SAILS summer programming as soon as it is deemed safe by public health authorities for this type of group to be held again.

We are pleased to add a webinar video series as a stand-alone companion to our SAILS program. Please click here to access expert content from our community partners on a variety of Transition to Adult Care topics. These webinar presentations are normally given at our live in-person SAILS sessions, but, due to the challenges of COVID-19, we took the opportunity to create an on-demand experience for families and professionals. These videos will be accessible permanently here on our website.

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: The group typically meets Monday evenings for six weeks from 6–8 p.m.
(Please note, we ask that you plan to attend all six weeks.) 

Group Leaders:

  • Angela Berger, LCSW 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 312.227.5356 or if you are interested in participating in the SAILS Program. 

For more information about session topics, view our brochure.