Y.O.U. Finishes a Fabulous 2012

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.

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