Youth Outreach Services, Inc. Northwest Youth Outreach

Rating: 4.9 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health

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  

Youth Outreach Services has a low-key profile among non-profit organizations, but that is because it is "all business." The organization has a long history, since the late 1950's of working to get youth "on the right track" in communities on the west and northwest side of Chicago and in the near western suburbs of Chicago, and it has been very, very effective in doing so.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to this organization by Ms. Tamitra griffin who is currently an employee, it started with a donation to help and eventually I began voluteering at different events they held while I was unemployeed. I have had the opportunity to work with various members of the prevention team and was inspired by their dedication to work with the youth on an educational and personal basis. Each program they have or community event seems to address youth of all ages and I hope to continue supporting them for years to come.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Youth Outreach Services has assisted our church on several occasions, by assisting us with community events and advising us on how to communicate with our youth on subjects that can be extremely difficult to discuss in the church. Their staff is extremely professional and knowledgeable on the topics that the discuss and the staff have always made themselves accessible to the youth and adults.

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

receiving viable information to assistour youth

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

create funds to increase the staff

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the pleasure of being acquainted with YOS since 1990 and served on the board for 15 years. I have always been tremendously proud of YOS and the work that they do with children and families. YOS is committed to a culture of caring and to intentionally making a difference in people's lives. They are a well-run organization with a dedicated team of professional staff and a committed board of directors. Their administrative and organizational skills have helped them through many issues, such as state funding. For this reason, YOS has a long-tenure of helping youth and bettering communities.

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

Testimonials from youth and families that have been helped by YOS.

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

Further expand funding resources beyond state and federal sources.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Outreach Servides provides much needed help to at-risk teens in the Chicago area. The social workers are conscientious and well educated. I know this because my daughter is one of these social workers. She is devoted to her clients and will work unendingly to help these teens. While funding from governmental agencies has diminished, she and her coworkers have had to find new ways to raise money for activities that engage and educate the clients.
Last summer there was a camping trip that introduced some kids to the beauty and teamwork of being in the outdoors. The social workers have to go above and beyond the normal expectations to have an impact that leads these teens to healthier and more fulfilling lives. While not all efforts are successful, each and every teen receives the attention they need. The rest is up to them.

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

Witnessing the work done by my daughter.

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

Help them to aquire much needed funding.

 
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