THANK YOU Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust

December 12, 2011 | Chicago, IL

Erie's Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Program received a generous $45,000 from the Chicago Sun-Times Sun Shine Project! THANK YOU!!

The voting happened from September 19, 2011 through October 9, 2011 on the Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust website. The Sun Shine Project was advertised over social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Thanks to Erie House supporters, Erie was able to secure enough votes to push YOU to the top!

Erie's Youth Options Unlimited Program, aims to be a safe, supportive and enriching environment that both supplements and enhances classroom activities, while stimulating a close-knit familial structure. YOU sparks interest in learning and improves academic and life skills; provides opportunities for mentoring and leadership development. YOU aims to (1) develop age-appropriate social skills; (2) empower youth with a healthy self-concept and healthy relationships with others; and (3) help youth attain positive educational outcomes.

The Chicago Sun-Time Charity Trust announce and award the winning charities on November 28 through December 1, 2011.

Over 400 comments were left for Erie House, here are but a few:

"After twenty seven years at Erie, the YOU programs stands out as one of our most successful programs, sending thousands of minority students to College. Some have even gotten to Harvard University. Erie is the place to be for any young person wanting to succeed in life."

"I am very happy to have my daughter in the YOU program at Erie House. Erie House has taught my children the importance of being respectful, responsible and most important pursuing their goals. I am very grateful to be part of Erie House."

"I am so proud to be an Erie kid and now have my children growing up in the Erie family. The Y.O.U. program does an excellent job mentoring and guiding Erie kids to a promising future. Keep up the great work Y.O.U., and ALL Erie staff!"

"I attended the last Y.O.U. Graduation for the 20 or so high school seniors who graduated in June. It was amazing to see how successful the program was in preparing these young men and women for college, and it wasn't just academic preparation. It was clear that the mentors had served as role models, tutors, and a real support network to a group of kids that had grown up with many disadvantages, but were brilliant and hard working. This program helps teens not only avoid getting into trouble during a vulnerable time, but it allows them to dream big and teaches them ways to reach those dreams."


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