Youth Options Unlimited (YOU)

The best way to ensure the success of our community is to start with our youth.


Empowerment through education is at the heart of all Erie programming, and our youth development programs are an integral component of Erie’s work to build stronger communities. Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) is an after-school expanded learning program for at-risk youth ages 12-18. YOU is a safe, supportive and enriching environment that both supplements and enhances formal classroom activities, while also stimulating a close-knit familial structure. YOU programs spark an interest in learning and improve academic and life skills; provide opportunities for peer mentoring and leadership development; and also facilitate safe, recreational alternatives. 

To meet youth at their unique developmental stage, while also engaging their parents and caregivers, YOU offers the following: 

TEAM (Tutoring to Educate for Aims and Motivation) mentoring program

Providing youth grades 7-12 with focused, academic support through weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions with mentors from a variety of professional fields

STEM Initiative

Math intensive workshops, science club, STEM Saturday workshop series, intentional recruitment of TEAM mentors in STEM careers, and Youth Career Day

Scientist for Tomorrow

Scientist for Tomorrow is a STEM program for middle school youth run in collaboration with the Science Institute at Columbia College Chicago.

Gender-specific support groups

Open dialogue on issues such as depression, sexuality, health and stress

Counseling

Guidance from Chicago School of Professional Psychology externs

Youth Council 

Develops YOU policy and plans Semester of Service, fundraisers and field trips

Visionaries

Multi-media apprenticeship in which teens learn elements of photography, video, design and journalism 

Workshops

On selective enrollment high schools, time management, leadership and resume writing

Parental Support

Support on a variety of topics such as domestic violence, parent-child communication, high school and college admission

Sports

Basketball and soccer leagues, volleyball and softball

 

 

The Basics

Requirements

Students must be between the ages of 12-18 to participate. 

Hours

Monday - Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

Locations

Erie Neighborhood House 

How to Enroll

Contact Erie House to be put on the wait list for our next session. 

For More Information

Joshua Fulcher

Director, YOU

 

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