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  

YOS is a bastion of hope and simply "what is right in the world." The diversity and depth of their programming and outreach allows for them to reach so many needed youth and have real impacts in their lives. I have worked directly with the leadership at YOS and couldn't be more impressed with the efficiency of the organization. As a business owner I am often confronted by this daunting three letter acronym ROI; YOS amazes me with how much they are able to do with the resources they have. I'm proud to be associated in the slightest and couldn't endorse a better organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

YOS is a valuable and effective service for the underserved Chicago youth community. As a donor, I attended an event held by the young professional board, which did an excellent job explaining the role of YOS and the services it provides. I think the most impressive work is in conjunction with the CeaseFire organization, working to provide a safe and stable environment for young people growing up in dangerous and unstable communities.

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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 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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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently joined the Auxiliary Board of YOS and have had a chance to learn more about the many ways YOS impacts the lives of underserved youth and families in Chicago. YOS is dedicated to helping at-risk kids realize their full potential, improve their own lives, their communities and the city as a whole.

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

Seeing the positive impact YOS makes on kids.

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

Increase its funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

YOS is one of the best organizations out there and uniquely fills its role. It currently is the only organization in IL with a domestic violence intervention program that has made great strides in serving children who are in bad home situations and are at risk. They also have an excellent program at the ERC which provides amazing social services for underserved children.

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Seeing and experiencing the great impact made on our city by YOS.

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I would give them more money.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is a great honor for Hedge Funds Care to partner with best-in-class agencies to combat child abuse; and YOS has met our stringent due diligence for several years now. We highly recommend YOS!

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our annual report cards from the agency, which we require for all funding.

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

ask other donors to actively fund YOS's programs, which are excellent.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is a great honor for Hedge Funds Care to partner with best-in-class agencies to combat child abuse; and YOS has met our stringent due diligence for several years now. We highly recommend YOS!

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

our annual report cards from the agency, which we require for all funding.

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

ask other donors to actively fund YOS's programs, which are excellent.

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Rating: 5 stars  

YOS is an organization with heart. The staff is fully committed to the job of helping "at-risk" youth move from problematic behavior to positive citizenship. In the current climate of budget cutting this organization continues to perform with shrinking resources.

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I have seen the numbers and heard the stories regarding the positive results achieved by this organization.

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

Ensure that they receive the funding they deserve.

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