In our service to the whole child, we first acknowledge the collective pillar upon which everything we do is built: Comprehensive support for every stage of a child’s journey with a metrics-based approach built on trust. On these pillars we then build the structures of our program model, what we like to call our “Houses”. Currently, there are five houses where individual programs live, they are: Wellness; Academic Success; Village; Passion; and Path Forward. It is these collective houses that make up the Chicago Youth Programs Community of Care.
Meet our alter ego
Chicago Youth (virtual) Programs (CYvP) was created in response to our new remote world. We set out with the goal of ensuring continued service to our youth and families during this time of crisis. What came next was the opportunity to serve our youth in a new and exciting way. CYvP is executed using the Instructure platform for better participant engagement and program monitoring. With this approach, we keep our youth active, safe, and engaged.
The path to long-term success is paved with a life free from health care disparity. Our longest standing program, the Northside Clinic, is a cornerstone of the Wellness House. We then layer on supportive services to help our youth and families be holistically well. This is where we have our best opportunity to serve CYP families and communities.
Northside Clinic in partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Southside Clinic in partnership with University of Chicago
Power Hour with Coach Darrick
Education is the surest route to a life outside of poverty. At Chicago Youth Programs, early literacy is the building block for a child’s educational success, so we start there with our youngest participants. As they grow, our youth then receive individualized, structured help with grade level appropriate Common Core concepts to help grow their proficiency.
Read To Me (Early Literacy)
Parent Run Evening Program (P.R.E.P)
Score Tutoring (Elementary)
Teen Career Tutoring (Secondary)
Math = FUN
To echo the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”.Because our youth are involved with programs an average of almost 10 years by the time they graduate high school, our family of staff, volunteers, and mentors become critical in their upbringing. The Village is where youth are mentored, learn life skills, and enjoy the guidance of former program youth.
Girls Mentoring (Elementary)
Boys Mentoring (Elementary)
Women’s Empowerment Network (Secondary)
Men In Action (Secondary)
PASS IT ON
Teen Exodus in partnership with the Junior League of Chicago
Often programs focus on mitigating risks, but strength building and allowing room for youth to explore their individual interests is also vital. Our rotating schedule of arts, culture and enrichment programs live here.
Checking the Keys with Mr. Carsie (basic piano lessons)
Video Game Development (STEM)
Chefin’ It Up with Ms. Jakina (cooking class)
The cumulative impact of a long-term investment is a determined youth who can now see themselves as worthy and capable and is now on their way to building a constructive future for themselves.