Youth and adults on basketball court

Youth Development

As a community we utilize all available resources in a effort to ensure youth who are more likely to experience negative life outcomes, develop to their fullest potential through educational excellence and community asset building.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Promote healthy youth and family initiatives to address positive outcomes for youth, education achievement, social emotional mental health and resource coordination.
  • Ensure youth are connected to positive, caring  and reliable adults.
  • Increase opportunity, exposure, support, resources and coordination for non-traditional youth or those youth having difficulties at home, in school and in the community.

Key Projects:

    1. Support Community Coalition Summer Initiatives.
  • In partnership with Champaign County Mental Health Board and Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. Support resources for non-traditional youth to increase constructive, organized activities for community youth. Emphasis placed on academic enrichment, recreational activities, arts exploration and leadership skill building.
    1. Increase employment and workforce development opportunities for all youth including those in school, high risk, and income eligible. Continue to support school programs-Youth Employment Services (YES) (Champaign), Care for You, Summer Youth Employment Program (Urbana).
  • Identify and support joint trainings that encourages participation from law enforcement, community organizations and community members.
    1. Support best practice community engagement activities led by law-enforcement.
    1. Identify best practice programs for identified younger youth in need.
    1. Create more youth-led conversations with youth.
    1. Increase supports to youth involved incidents of community violence.

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