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April 18, 2022

Intent to Apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) and Evanston/Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65 intend to submit applications for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) program at Dawes Elementary School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School, and Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies. 21st CCLC programs encourage collaborative partnerships with community organizations…More

February 28, 2022

Y.O.U. 2022 Annual Benefit Pivot

Join us in our 2022 pivot! 100% of your support will support empowering youth and expanding opportunities. Make a Donation In lieu of participating in our traditional event, please contribute directly to our vital work using the Donation link above! Your gift is 100% tax-deductible. If you would like to make your gift via check, donor-advised fund, or stock transfer, please contact Kelsey Caspersen, Associ…More

December 6, 2021

Y.O.U. Welcomes Senior Leadership

Y.O.U. is honored to welcome two new senior leaders to our team.  Teresa Cortas (she/her/hers) now serves as Executive Director of Clinical and Outreach services, overseeing Y.O.U.'s counseling, case management, and outreach services for youth and young adults. Teresa brings more than 25 years of experience as a director, advocate, and clinician. She has previously served in leadership positions at S…More

September 15, 2021

Our Theory of Change

After a collaborative process conducted during the 2020-2021 program year, Y.O.U. is pleased to share our Theory of Change. This Theory of Change allows Y.O.U. to describe how and in what contexts change happens for youth who participate in our programs and services. This Theory of Change was developed through a rigorous and participatory process used to engage stakeholders from across Y.O.U. to clarify long-term goa…More

July 21, 2021

Y.O.U. Supports District 65

Y.O.U is a proud partner of District 65 and stands in full support of the District, Dr. Horton, and the Board of Education. We support their anti-racist efforts towards greater equity and stand in strong opposition to the recent lawsuit filed by a District 65 drama teacher against Dr. Horton and the District. We know that our school district is working towards an educatio…More