Youth Guidance sees a bright and successful future for every at-risk, inner-city elementary and high school student in Chicago. Because we believe that success in school is not only possible, but should be achieved and celebrated, we are present in the schools to facilitate an environment that truly engages students in the learning process, and through careful guidance, enables them to realize their full potential and graduate with a meaningful plan for successfully managing life.
Youth Guidance works with students, schools and parents to provide the depth, consistency and community insight needed to help at-risk children overcome obstacles, develop self-sufficiency and succeed academically and personally. With more than 80 Chicago Public School (CPS) sites, it is the only social services agency with a permanent, daily presence within CPS. Through these outposts, Youth Guidance offers counseling, school-change and life-preparedness programs that work together to fill gaps in schools and communities and address the larger issues holding back Chicago’s at-risk youth.
Each Youth Guidance program has been strategically developed to address a community need that falls within one of three specific program delivery areas: Community & Afterschool, Counseling & Prevention and Youth Workforce Development. Ninety percent of students served are low income, and more than 95% are African American and Hispanic/Latino.