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Youth Outreach Services, Inc. Northwest Youth Outreach

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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

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer philanthropy research intern and I could not have had a better experience with YOS. I was welcomed into the team. I made a lot of really incredible friends who were also my co-workers. I also learned a lot about the world of non-profits. I enjoyed seeing my research and prospecting being put to good use. I was able to contribute my ideas and writing to the grantwriting process as well. Interning at YOS was a great experience; I believe this is indicative of their mission to serve.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Tatum S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at YOS this summer, and it was an experience to remember! The people who work and volunteer at YOS have such big hearts and care so much about the youth and families they work with. The energy and work they put into the cause is inspiring. I was grateful for the opportunity they gave me to collaborate with them on a new childhood obesity project, and plan on staying in touch with YOS in the future.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every level of YOS is filled with people dedicated to serving the youth in our communities.

Rachel51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Currently I am interning at YOS! I am lucky enough to get to experience many different parts of YOS. My duties in the office allow me to learn how YOS is connecting and helping communities around the Chicago Area. I also got to meet with a few of YOS clients at different events. Seeing how they interact with councilors really brings to light the difference YOS is making in the communities they serve. Talking to the youth that we work with has showed me how non-profits, like YOS, have effected their lives in a good way.

1 DeSonta G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I always wanted to give back to the community of what I was once give. when I was younger I spent my time in the youth center, being mentored by youth workers, so as a teeneager at the age of 14, So when I got older I pursued my career as a youth worker. Then I got a job working with Youth Outreach Services as a receptionist, I stayed in that positon for 6 months cause I found that it was not enough for me to just be a receptionist, but I needed to be hands on with the youth. So Youth outreach gave me the opportunity to work as a Prevetion Specialist, I have been here for 8 years now, not just because its a job, but because the people that work for Youth Outreach Services really cares about the Youth. We stnad by our mission, we believe in order to make a difference we have to be the difference. Our youth come back after they have gotten older to say thanks for caring and being thier for us when no one else would..So I thank Youth Outreach for giving me to be part of a loving family.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at YOS for over two years. YOS has been a great organization to be a part of because YOS cares about the advancement of young adults. I teach life skills courses to young men and it has been a rewarding experience. YOS has provided me the platform to share my knowledge and experience to help inspire and teach young men. I commend YOS on its dedicated staff and great work in the community.


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