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November 28, 2017

YOUth News: November 2017 Edition

In this issue, read about the ways that our youth and families are building community and giving thanks. You can also learn more about our partners at Stumble & Relish and Prairie Moon, who are giving back to the community by supporting our programs! Read the november issue! More

November 3, 2017

Leopardo-built Y.O.U. Headquarters Project Honored with Evanston-based Design Award

The Leopardo-built Youth and Opportunity United, Inc. (Y.O.U.) headquarters and education center was awarded Excellence in Design for New Construction at the 2017 Design Evanston Awards. The annual event recognizes significant aesthetic and functional improvements to the community and was held on Thursday, November 2 at the Evanston Art Center. Y.O.U. is a non-profit youth development agency offering after-scho…More

October 13, 2017 News October 2017 Edition

In this issue, read about the launch of Y.O.U. fall programming this fall, and ways that our youth wrapped up their summer with art and community-building. You can also learn from elementary schooler Cat about her experience in the LEGO Robotics League last year and what she likes about Y.O.U. Read the october issue! More

September 20, 2017

Makerspaces Bring Hands-On Learning to Underserved Evanston Kids

The “Maker Movement” is taking hold in Evanston, with a collaboration of schools, community centers, the library and Northwestern University working to create makerspaces for school age kids throughout our city. Students can tinker with and make things in makerspaces using traditional arts and crafts, electronics, computers, and digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers and laser cutters. Maker act…More

August 26, 2017

Science in Society and Y.O.U. Partnership Brings Summer Science Learning to Evanston Youth

Can you improve an athlete’s performance using brain science? Can you engineer a better water filter? Is it possible to invent a healthier – and more delicious – pancake? This summer, Evanston 3rd–5th graders explored these questions while learning hands-on science skills as part of the Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U) summer program. Y.O.U. provides afterschool programs and other …More

July 27, 2017

Y.O.U. Youth Present Summer Projects to Community

Community members at Y.O.U.’s Summer Showcase saw the culmination of youth’s summer experiences through interactive activities, projects, and performances More than 500 family and community members joined 125 youth in celebrating the end of the Y.O.U. summer program on Thursday evening at the organization’s annual Summer Showcase event. Family and community members visited the Levy Cent…More

July 12, 2017

Young African Business Leaders Share Entrepreneurial Talents with Evanston Youth

Each Thursday this summer, 25 emerging and established business leaders embark on a journey — by foot, train, and bus — to engage in a mentorship program at Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.). However, this cohort of individuals, hailing from 16 countries across the African continent, traveled a much greater distance just to reach Evanston, where they are living for six weeks while completing th…More

June 18, 2017

Students Eat Their Veggies — And Plant and Grow and Sell Them

Heading down Church Street just west of Dodge Avenue, one finds it nearly impossible to miss the welcoming façade of Y.O.U’s (Youth & Opportunity United) brand new 12,000-square-foot headquarters located at 1911 Church St., across the street from Evanston Township High School. The large glass windows and brightly colored panels beckon all who pass by, but it is arguably the back of the building th…More

June 1, 2017

News Release from Y.O.U. Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) announced today that Seth Green will be stepping down as the organization’s Executive Director on August 11, 2017. Green has accepted a new role as the Founding Director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility at Loyola University. “We are very grateful for Seth’s transformational leadership at Y.O.U. o…More

May 17, 2017

Y.O.U. Celebrates Youth Center Grand Opening

Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) cut the ribbon for its new Youth Center and Headquarters, 1911 Church St., during a celebratory grand opening and open house on May 13. After the ribbon cutting, more than 200 families and community members gathered inside the building to experience its numerous program and community spaces firsthand through interactive activities and tours. In the Maker Space, visitors j…More

May 14, 2017

Y.O.U. opens new headquarters with upgraded, larger facilities

Community members met staff and participated in art projects during Youth and Opportunity United, Inc.’s headquarters grand opening on Saturday. Y.O.U., which provides services and leadership to young people in the community, celebrated its opening in a 12,600-square-foot space at 1911 Church St. The new facility includes a maker lab for projects, community gathering space, a demonstration kitchen and teachi…More

January 25, 2017

Diverse Evanston Proclaims: 'Purpose and Promise'

On Jan. 16, students from Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) joined to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day through a program of poetry, song, and dance. A diverse crowd of more than 1,000 community members attended the event at Evanston Township High School. Elementary school students performed “Puppets with Purpose and Promise,” highlighting people whose acts of defiance brought about social ch…More