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Youth And Opportunity United
Last updated on November 23, 2015

Our mission: Y.O.U. (Youth and Opportunity United) is a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community. Learn more about our mission.

Y.O.U. has a three-part approach toward youth development: Engage, Support, Sustain.

We engage every young person and identify their strengths and stressors. Our youth workers develop deep relationships with youth, their parents, and their teachers. Based on these personal relationships, as well as on standardized assessments, we develop tailored plans to help youth realize their full potential.

We support youth and their families with a holistic set of resources to encourage their strengths and address their stressors. We provide after -school programming, mentorship, clinical services, crisis intervention, and a range of other services to meet the individualized needs of our youth and families.
We sustain youth success by working with parents and community leaders. We hold regular family nights and workshops to support parents and community leaders in promoting positive youth development in the home and in the neighborhood. We are thrilled to report that more than two-thirds of parents annually participate in our programs.

Our History
In the spring of 1971, the Evanston Youth Commission appointed a task force to assess the needs of adolescents, inventory available services, and develop an appropriate and effective response. Representatives from schools, PTAs, city government, public and private organizations, and citizens at large met for six months and decided to create a new youth service agency. Youth Organizations Umbrella was incorporated on September 15, 1971 and charged to identify and serve “young people whose needs are not being met by more traditional agencies.” Y.O.U. has served over 15,000 Evanston youth during the last 40 years. Our programs and services make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of our youth in three ways: education, emotional support, and social development. In August of 2015, Youth Organizations Umbrella adopted the new name of Youth and Opportunity United. It is our goal that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence, and opportunity to participate fully, freely, and responsibly in the life of the community.

Contact person: Ellen Muench, (email)

Main office number: (847) 866-1201 x323

 1027 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
This location is handicap accessible
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Web Site: http://www.youevanston.org

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Last updated on November 23, 2015

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