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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment, Youth Development

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.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of YOS for just over a year now and It has been a great pleasure to be part of such a wonderful organization. The staff and leadership team of YOS are truly amazing. YOS is extremely well run and organized. This coupled with the complete commitment towards helping our youth makes YOS a difference maker in so many lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Youth Outreach Services, Inc. advances the common good of its client base through its uncommonly good work as it seeks to “promote the strengths and abilities of youth and families.” For the past 50 years, YOS has been instrumental in transforming and improving the lives of those it has been privileged to serve. As a board member, I have had the honor of serving this Agency in one capacity or another for nearly half of those 50 years. Twenty-five years is a long time to devote to a single cause, but it becomes a testament to the incredible work that YOS does on behalf of youth and families throughout the Chicagoland area. The community-based services that YOS provide do indeed “empower and enrich individuals and families to face life’s challenges with confidence, competence, and dignity,” and with social services funding being cut or eliminated, YOS is a critical component for advancing the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable members in our society.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Youth Outreach Services is a WONDERFUL organization. They are one of the most dynamic and compassionate organizations that I have had the pleasure of working with. They are truly making a huge difference in the lives of many At Risk Youths here in the Chicago area. Lives are changing for the better every day because of the wonderful programs and caring people that make up YOS!!!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand how the dedicated staff and their passionate work with programs have made significant positive impact with individuals who despertly need it and with the community as a whole. The YOS facilities, programs, staff, is helping those who need it the most.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been an Auxiliary Board member for almost a year now and I am constantly impressed with the professionalism and dedication of YOS board members and volunteers.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

YOS is making such a difference in supporting youth in need around the Chicagoland area. And it's made a difference in mine. I feel proud to be affiliated with YOS in any way and have been moved to tears at almost every YOS event or program in which I've participated. The staff is dedicated and passionate about what they want to accomplish and the clients are kids who deserve the best. YOS is helping them get it.

Review from Guidestar