Youth Outreach Services, Inc. Northwest Youth Outreach

Rating: 4.9 stars   52 reviews

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Location: 6417 W Irving Park Rd Chicago IL 60634 USA

Mission: Youth Outreach Services is a community-based social service agency. We work with communities, schools, local police, courts, other agencies, and community groups to provide a broad range of services to children, youth, and families on the west and northwest sides of Chicago and the near western suburbs. Our goal is to continue delivering services to at-risk youth with an emphasis on outreach. In addition, the Agency seeks to do the following: effectively understand the current and emerging needs of youth; deliver an array of programs and services of the highest quality that will meet the needs of children, youth, and their families; and provide leadership that results in cooperative action that benefits children and youth.
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a long time educator, insuring the well being of children has always been a priority of mine. When I got the opportunity to work as a Board Member for YOS, I knew that I had found an organization that clearly held that same value. YOS positively impacts the lives of so many children and families, many of whom literally have nowhere else to turn for support. The services that YOS provide are vital in the communities that they serve. Through its many years of community service, I can only imagine the number of lives that YOS has changed, and in fact saved. I am proud to serve with such an amazing organization, and I would and do urge friends and family members to offer support to YOS in any way that they can.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting and speaking with the youth who have been positively impacted through the services provided by YOS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to explore alternative funding resources.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a long time educator, insuring the well being of children has always been a priority of mine. When I got the opportunity to work as a Board Member for YOS, I knew that I had found an organization that clearly held that same value. YOS positively impacts the lives of so many children and families, many of whom literally have nowhere else to turn for support. The services that YOS provide are vital in the communities that they serve. Through its many years of community service, I can only imagine the number of lives that YOS has changed, and in fact saved. I am proud to serve with such an amazing organization, and I would and do urge friends and family members to offer support to YOS in any way that they can.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting and speaking with the youth who have been positively impacted through the services provided by YOS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to explore alternative funding resources.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to Youth Outreach Services (YOS) by a former colleague last summer and quickly joined the Auxiliary Board thereafter. I've volunteered at a number of non-profits over the years, and while all had good intentions, YOS has effectively differentiated itself as an organization truly making a difference. I've honored to serve on the board for such a well-run and important organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observation of its tremendous impact on the lives of vulnerable children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Push to increase the organization's scale, at least at the Auxiliary Board level.

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Rating: 5 stars  

YOS is CRITICAL in helping Chicago youth and their families navigate challenges that face them through adolsence. Whether through prevention services, counseling, rehabilitation or independent living skills, YOS really provides a comprehensive set of programs to serve our future.

I've been on the Board for nearly 5 years, and always find myself amazed by the energy and dedication of staff. It's not just WHAT they do (programs) but HOW they do their work that makes the difference.

Finally, as Board tresurer, I can attest that this agency is efficient. Money goes to where it's intended to go...to help the kids.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the positive outcomes via our TLP programs, interacting with clients touched by the agency

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If there was one thing I would change about YOS, it would be increasing the amount of independent (non-state gov't) funding it receives. YOS provides tremendous services, unfortunately it can't always provide services to their logical conclusion on a client-by-client basis given reliance on state funders. More independent funding would help continue services until clients are truly ready (vs. when state deems ready based on age) and incubate new programs as well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Outreach Services offers what everyone needs most and that is a sense of belonging. This is given to the children they help by finding them good homes with people who want to see them succeed. They also give the children and families all the support they need to ensure that any road bumps that life throws at a foster child or foster family can be navigated successfully. I was introduced to this organization by a client of mine who is a key leader in the organization. I was invited to a fundraiser where I met the people whose lives were impacted in a positive way by the services YOS gave to them while they were younger and allowed them to move beyond the hand life dealt them and go to college and beyond.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Presentations given by lead YOS leaders and testimonials from the people who have benefited from YOS that I have met at the various fundraisers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to do what they do and be a little more self promoting so everyone can see the good they are doing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the Auxiliary Board for YOS in July of last year and over the last several months I have met and worked with some amazing individuals who sincerely care about the organization. The YOS staff and volunteers go above and beyond to make this organization a success by fundraising, helping children in disadvantaged situations, and increasining public awareness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fundraising, planning and attending events

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase awareness

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

For 50 years, YOS has been one of the premier youth serving agencies in the Chicago area. It has been very successful in keeping teens off the streets, out of trouble and out of jail.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daugher works for YOS, and I realized how important its services are to the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its boundaries. Reach more teens and create more centers.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

YOS, and the Models for Change program, are wonderful examples of how we should be helping our city's youth. By providing safe, effective alternatives to jail for teenagers, YOS helps remove the barriers that can have such a negative impact on a young person's life. This intervention allows children to develop healthy relationships, learn accountability, and dream of future success.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not personally experienced the results of this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not have any suggestions for changes to this organization.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was looking to volunteer at an non-profit organization and lucked up to find Youth Outreach Service(YOS).

What I like about YOS was that it is a very diverse place.

I spoke to a woman at the Irving Park site who prompted me greatly regarding my career advancement. I also spoke to a staff member name Octavion, whom also influenced my career direction.

I was soon to volunteer in the agency, but my school work prevented to do so, but when I hit the volunteer trail, I will work alongside YOS

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fundraising and recreational activities with young people

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand on it's already have resourses. This agency need to do more fundraising and expand it's wings a bit

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a close relative working for YOS for 30 years, since the beginning. I have seen the growth in their services provided to a community desperately in need. The profound impact they have made on the children and teens at risk in Chicago is what keeps me donating. I have moved away from Chicago and I still consistently contribute to YOS. I believe in their mission and I truly believe they are making a difference.
Rock on!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Only through communications with organization. I have moved away from Chicago.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand services and ensure funding.

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