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June 1, 2023

Summer Food Service Program

Youth & Opportunity United will provide free lunches and snacks to youth enrolled in its 2023 Summer Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Dates of Operation: Monday-Friday, June 20-August 4, 2023 (no program on 7/5 or 7/15) Sites of Operation: Washington Elementary School – for youth grades 2-5 attending Bessie Rhodes, Dawes, King Arts, Oak…More

March 10, 2023

Celebrating Youth at the 2023 Annual Benefit

After two years of virtual benefits and fundraising, we were delighted to return to an in-person annual benefit this year. Staff, board members, and supporters gathered at PALMHOUSE in Evanston to celebrate our youth. It was a joy to see members of the Y.O.U. community smiling, chatting, and learning about the ways that Y.O.U. supports youth in defining and achieving their goals. If you weren’t able to attend, …More

November 21, 2022

Y.O.U. Expands OST Program to Bessie Rhodes School

We are thrilled to announce that Y.O.U. was recently awarded a 3-year 21st Century Learning Center grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to provide afterschool and summer programming to 3rd-8th graders at Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 starting in calendar year 2023. We are thrilled to expand our program reach further and look forward to working with school…More

October 28, 2022

Y.O.U. Adds 5 Stellar Individuals to Board of Directors

After a busy spring for its Nominating Committee, Y.O.U.’s Board of Directors voted to elect 5 new members to 3-year terms at the beginning of its fiscal year in July. These new members will be critical advocates and leaders for the expanding mission of Y.O.U and have deep roots in the Evanston community and beyond. Greg Calloway - Greg and his wife have lived in Evanston since 1982 and raised their chi…More

October 5, 2022

Y.O.U. Awarded $450,000 For Street Outreach

We are thrilled to announce that Y.O.U. was awarded a 3-year Street Outreach Program grant totaling $450,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Federal Youth Services Bureau. This funding will support outreach services, a drop-in center, and access to shelter within a positive youth development framework for runaway, homeless, and housing insecure youth and young adults in Evanston and Skoki…More