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Youth & Families

Out-of-School Time Program Questions + Enrollment

Our OST Programs take place at nine schools across Evanston and Skokie. You can find a list of all of our Out-of-School Time Program sites here.

Have questions about a specific Out-of-School Time Program site? Contact that site's Afterschool Program Manager to learn more or apply!

Afterschool Program Managers   FALL 2022 PROGRAMMING

Clinical Referrals

Y.O.U. offers comprehensive therapeutic services for youth experiencing a variety of issues who need someone to talk to about their lives.  Youth and Family Counselors (YFC's) come with extensive knowledge and clinical skills to work individually and in groups to address the urgent mental health issues some youth experience. If you are interested in talking with a YFC, please fill out this referral form.


General Inquiries

For general inquiries about our OST Programs or our other services, please contact the appropriate Program Director.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Out-of-School Time Programs
April Langworthy, Executive Director of OST Programs

Clinical and Outreach Services
Teresa Cortas, Executive Director of Clinical and Outreach Services

Volunteer Coordinator
847.866.1200 x418

24-Hour Housing Crisis Intervention
Call 847.866.1200 x1 to page the staff member on call


Looking to contact a specific staff member? You can find their contact information on our Team Page.

Our Team

Program Sites

Y.O.U.’s main administrative and clinical offices are located in our youth center and headquarters at 1911 Church St. Evanston, IL 60201.

General Phone: 847.866.1200
General Email:

Clinical Contact
Teresa Cortas, Director of Clinical and Outreach Services | 847.801.0238 

Our Out-of-School Time Programs take place on-site at nine schools across Evanston and Skokie:

Chute Middle School
1400 Oakton St, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact:  Maria Ximena Valenzuela, Afterschool Program Manager |  847.801.0297

Dawes Elementary School
440 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Shai Sardin, Afterschool Program Manager | 847.305.2588

Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Casey Jones, Senior Program Manager of High School |  847.801.0301

Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School
2424 Lake St, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Jafet Melendez, Afterschool Program Manager |  847.801.0245

Nichols Middle School
800 Greenleaf St, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Nakil Hakeem, Afterschool Program Manager  |  847.801.0311

Oakton Elementary School
436 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Patty Valkanas, Afterschool Program Manager |  847.801.0296

Old Orchard Junior High School
9310 Kenton Avenue, Skokie, IL 60076
Contact: Suheoll Diaz, Afterschool Program Manager |  847.610.9627

Walker Elementary School
3601 Church St, Evanston, IL 60203
Contact: Gladys James, Afterschool Program Manager |  847.801.0326

Washington Elementary School
914 Ashland Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Simone Hampton, Afterschool Program Manager | 847.801.0329 

Additional Resources

There are numerous organizations in Evanston, Skokie, and the surrounding communities that offer additional resources for youth and families. Please see the links below for a listing of local service providers in the following areas.