Dr. DiCara founded the Chicago Youth Programs in 1984 and has continued ever since as a full time volunteer, creating, designing, and implementing many of the current programs. He is a pediatrician with extensive service in public health and intervention with high-risk children. He graduated Northwestern University Medical School and received his training in Pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital. He earned a Master’s of Public Health in Maternal Child Health at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Joe received a prestigious LUCE Fellowship in 1989, which he utilized to start seven community-based projects in Asian slums. Dr. DiCara is currently on staff at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Prentice Women’s Hospital where he cares for ill newborns in the Special Care Nursery. In 1998, Dr. DiCara was named one of ten national Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leaders. Over the years, he has received the Martin Luther King Award, CIBA Community Service Award, 2007 Benjamin Gingiss Award (Illinois Humane Society), Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award (Association of Fundraising Professionals), and shared the John Cook Award (Chicago Pediatric Society) with Dr. Karen Sheehan.
C inaiya has spent over a decade building programs within the most impoverished and underrepresented communities, in an effort to build capacity amongst this population, empowering them to overcome the barriers to success. Coming from a single-parent home on the west-side of Chicago, Cinaiya has devoted her professional career since attending Northwestern University, to advocating for the youth that too often do not have an adequate voice or equal access. In her new role as Deputy Executive Director, Cinaiya is excited to partner with funders, staff, the community, and anyone else that is interested in championing our cause and pouring into the lives of our most precious asset, our youth. It is her charge to leverage every potential resource in a way that continues to build communities by serving its children.
Monique Cook-Bey holds a Bachelor of Science in African American Studies and a Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs both from Eastern Illinois University. Monique brings years of experience working in Student Affairs as it relates to Multicultural/Minority Student Affairs. During her time at EIU she served as an advisor, mentor, supervisor, coordinator and programmer for all Minority Student organizations. Monique has a Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships and partnerships; especially within the academic, business and community organizations. Her areas of specialty include but are not limited to community outreach, volunteer outreach, and program management. As a product of programs like Chicago Youth Programs herself, she believes in the mission and lives her life to change those who follow one child at a time.
Beginning as a parent volunteer, and moving up to After School Coordinator, Audtrie Mobley has worked with Chicago Youth Programs for over 10 years. She currently serves as the Director of Washington Park and is a parent to five children, who are highly involved in the program and one grandchild currently enrolled. She was honored as an outstanding 10 year volunteer, and is still involved, at Burke Elementary, where she chaired the school council and served on the No Child Left Behind Parent Advisory Council. Ms. Mobley recently graduated from Kennedy King College with an Associates Degree in General Studies and plans to continue her education to receive her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development where she can continue to expand on her passion to work and empower young children.
Alfredia has worked for CYP for fourteen years, beginning as a parent volunteer from which she transitioned to a full time position at Washington Park ten years ago. She is skilled at working with families and youth alike and has deep, on the ground knowledge of the history of the Washington Park neighborhood. Prior to joining CYP, she worked as a respite worker for disabled adults. She is a parent to three children, one of whom is a participant in the Washington Park Youth Program. She is also a licensed foster parent through the Department of Children and Family Services. She is a graduate of Tilden High School.
Elizabeth Minter has been involved with Chicago Youth Programs since 1995. She first started out as a volunteer to be with her children who were enrolled in the program. It was important for her to be a part of her children’s education and now she takes pride in being and integral part of the education of many of the neighborhoods children and parents alike. Ms. Minter is the PREP Program Coordinator in Washington Park where she facilitates parent lead evenings in teaching children to read among other life skills. She is proud to have served with her team for 20 years and looks forward to the growth ahead.
J ohn Walker brings to Chicago Youth Programs over 25years experience in the field of alcohol and substance abuse counseling, mental health, community organizing and activism, mentorship, college readiness, as well as gang and violence prevention. John also has an extensive background in leading before-and after-school programs and over 10 years of child welfare experience which makes him a great asset to CYP’s Cabrini Green and North Lawndale programs. He earned a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Inner City Studies Education from Northeastern Illinois University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Administration from Cappella University.
Leana began her journey at CYP in Sept. 2015 as the dance teacher for a small group of girls in Washington Park. By January, 2015 she helped establish a partnership with Textured Dance Studios in the Uptown community. She earned her BA at Hope College in Holland, MI in Dance and Communication. She is committed to improving the health opportunities for CYP’s youth.
Jerry Patton brings 30+ years of experience in building construction and trades. He attended Washburn Trade School and the District Council of Carpenters for his apprenticeship. He has worked on various projects including US Cellular Field, Leo Burnett Building, Ameritech-Hoffman Estates, Fairmont Hotel and Elevated Dan Ryan Feeder Ramp. During his career , he also worked with the City of Chicago for over 10 years . He maintained the police departments, fire houses , health clinics , and libraries. He brings a wealth of knowledge to Chicago Youth Programs.