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Youth Outreach Services, Inc. Northwest Youth Outreach

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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.

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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.

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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

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for 2 years with YOS. I have been impressed by the passion and commitment that the YOS staff have for bettering the lives of at-risk youth. I visited the Transitional Living Program and witnessed first hand the successes the youths were experiencing in the program. The agency is small, but has a big and lasting impact in Chicago's child welfare community. The ad campaign to recruit foster homes for homeless teens was breakthrough and attracted key influencers in Chicago. YOS has been a leading advocate for child welfare or 50 years and I only expect bigger things from the agency in the future.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

YOS Rocks!!! They help at risk youth and make a big difference in Chicago! It is well run and does so much good!

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Board Member

Rating: 5


Although Youth Outreach Services had been providing high quality professional social service assistance to children and families for over 50 years, its success is still measured on a day to day, person to person basis. Our administrators, staff and board members are always seeking the best ways to help with the restoration of a stable and healthy family environment. YOS has been an innovator in the areas of juvenile justice and has worked with the circuit courts to create alternative sentencing programs for first time offenders. We also provide transitional living facilities and counseling to juveniles who are about to "graduate" from the state welfare system, but who are not prepared to live independently without the additional guidance provided by YOS programs. Most importantly, the success of our programs are not proven by self-praise, but by measurable outcomes. As a board member for over 15-years, I have learned that everyone laughs and cries in the same language. YOS has been working for 50 years to replace tears of distress with tears of joy...and we do it quite well.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on the Auxiliary Board of Youth Outreach Services for over a year now and I have been nothing short of impressed by this organization. I have attended numerous events sponsored by YOS and it has been great to see the positive impact that this organization has on Chicago area youth.

Review from Guidestar

charlesakrugel

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became involved with YOS via their board. I joined it in last 2010. After spending my first few months as a new board member, and through my involvement in other family and child advocacy programs in Chicago, it hasn't taken long for me to become convinced that YOS' is essential to keeping disadvantaged and homeless teens in school and shelter in Chicago. It's difficult to predict how many kids would slip through the cracks and get lost in our criminal justice and mental heatlh care systems without YOS, but at least we know that with YOS almost 150 kids a year are getting the help they need to successfully live in our society.

Review from Guidestar