In addition to specialty programs, activities include workshops with Northwestern University’s Poetry & Poetics Colloquium, weekly time at the Evanston Athletic Club, and other special events and field trips.
All programs meet at the Y.O.U. headquarters: 1911 Church Street. For more information or to enroll in a program, contact Janelle Norman at 847.801.0220 or Em Roth at 847.8010301.
The Leadership Project is a place to discuss current events and activism, create and share poetry and art, and collaborate on projects in the community. You will have opportunities to meet local leaders and artists, lead community initiatives, and take the mic on issues that matter most to you.
Schedule: Mondays, 2:30–4:00pm Start Date: Mon. 10/1
F3 works in partnership with The Talking Farm to build and maintain Y.O.U.’s urban garden. Students will work on and learn about all aspects of managing an organic garden. Grow seedlings, create crop plans, harvest produce, and explore environmental justice issues. Students will also have the chance to mentor and teach skills to elementary students and create a business model to sell produce from the garden. Students who participate year-round can earn up to $400!
Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–5:30pm Start Date: Tues. 9/25
Y.O.U Base Camp is looking to train up the next generation’s problem solvers. Students will work in teams to tackle design challenges, learn how to use advanced tools and tech (3d printer, vinyl cutter, photoshop), explore applications of S.T.E.A.M through local businesses and experts, and develop key skills in critical thinking, problem solving, planning for success, & more!
Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00pm–5:30pm Start Date: Tues. 10/9
Drop-in for seniors only
SENIORS, graduation day will be here sooner than you think — do you have a plan for life after high school? Next Step is designed is help you figure out your plan and make it a reality! Get support with essay writing, creating resumes, applying for FAFSA, colleges, scholarships, jobs, and more!
Schedule: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–5:30pm Start Date: Wed. 10/3
We are looking for a dedicated group of students to participate in monthly sessions designed to prepare students for college & career opportunities. You will travel to 8 locations across Chicago, meet high school students, connect with a mentor, and learn how to be an effective leader. In the spring, you can compete for a full-time paid internship Attend all 8 sessions and earn a stipend of up to $320!
Schedule: Saturdays, 7:30am–1:30pm (only one Saturday per month) Start Date: Sat. 9/22
Manager of Post-Secondary Success
Director of High School