Mission: What is CYP?
In 1984, a group of Northwestern medical students was concerned about the plight of children living in the Cabrini Green housing project, located near the medical school. Certain that the only way for these children to escape poverty and all its associated health and social risks was through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, higher education and job placement, the students created Chicago Youth Programs, Inc. (CYP) and established its mission: to improve the long-term health and life opportunities of at-risk youth using a comprehensive approach aimed at developing their capabilities.
From these modest beginnings CYP has grown into a successful, award-winning organization that today is sustained by more than 600 volunteers and serves over 700 children and youth in three of Chicago?s at-risk communities: Cabrini Green, Washington Park, Uptown, and North Lawndale.
Facts about CYP children and youth:
-Over 95% of program youth live in poverty.
-The majority of program youth live in public housing.
-More than 90% of program youth live with a single parent or with neither natural parent.
-Almost all program youth are first-generation college candidates.
Results: --High School Graduation Rate for 2015: 100%
--College Placement Rate for 2015: 100%
--College Graduation Rate Since 2008: 72% (9 times higher than Chicago Public Schools rate)
--Avg. Years at Chicago Youth Programs: 9.7 years participation
--2015 Rate of High School Drop-Out, Gang Involvement, Teen Parenthood: 0%
--2014-15 Patient Visits in our 2 Free Clinics: Over 600
As a former staff member of Chicago Youth Programs, I know how hard the staff and volunteers work to help low-income youth at every stage of development to grow and develop, and get the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.