As we look back on a great 2012, here are our top 10 highlights:
1. Extraordinary Impact:
Youth who actively participated in our afterschool and mentorship programs achieved new milestones in 2012: 71% increased their GPAs, and 95% improved their social skills, according to pre- and post- evaluations.
2. Summer Program Triples:
With support from donors and partners, we tripled the size of our summer program -- serving over 225 youth through comprehensive summer learning programs, camps, and recreation.
3. Mentorship Grows:
We made 40 new mentorship matches in 2012, building more powerful relationships between our youth and members of the community.
4. Services Expand at ETHS:
After receiving a highly competitive three-year, $450,000 federal grant, we partnered with ETHS to establish an expanded afterschool program to support students.
5. AmeriCorps Partners with Y.O.U.:
Y.O.U. was selected to host 24 AmeriCorps members over 3 years, expanding its capacity.
6. DEWU Draws a Capacity Crowd:
More than 350 community members joined our annual celebration of peace and diversity.
7. Clinical Programs Expand:
Thanks to our extraordinary donors, clinical programs were expanded by adding two clinicians.
8. Community Schools Take Root:
With a two-year, $480,000 commitment from the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and the McCormick Foundation, we launched a new model of programs and services.
9. Youth Learn Entrepreneurship:
We launched a new initiative to inspire, motivate and guide local teens in starting their own businesses.
10. Youth Beautify the Community: Murals painted by our youth dotted the Evanston landscape -- from an Evanston mural at Central and Green Bay to an anti-bullying mural at 1027 Sherman Ave.