AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT GALA 2017
The 3rd Annual Leaders at the Crossroads Awards were presented to the following outstanding individuals and organizations: GUIDE AWARD Carol Best, Morton East HS; SUPPORT AWARD Northeastern Illinois University, Social Work Program; INSPIRE AWARDS For Service: David Hao Phan; For Hope: Mateo Uribe; LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Valarie Zeilmann, Morton East.
Special thanks to all who helped us exceed our fundraising goal to expand services to local youth!
VIDEO SHOWS HARDSHIPS CREATED BY STATE BUDGET IMPASSE
Illinois has not passed a real budget in over two years, the first state to do so since the Great Depression. The ongoing fight over the budget between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly has been covered widely, but what do the effects of this lingering crisis look like in people’s day-to-day lives? This new video series—a collaboration between In These Times and Kartemquin Films—follows the families, workers and students living through the de facto budget cuts, showing the ways it deteriorates the fabric of Illinois communities.
Youth Crossroads is one of those agencies affected by the state budget impasse.
TAKE 1 — ACTION!
Social Media Team Creates Film Documentary
After a year of planning, conducting surveys, interviewing, filming, and editing, the Youth Leadership Program Social Media Project crew proudly premiered its first documentary film entitled “Finding Our Way, The Struggle with Anxiety and Depression in Urban Youth” on August 26, 2016, at Liberty Center in Berwyn.
Realizing the effects of being bombarded by social media messages, TV, peers, family, and school pressures, the team decided to delve into the issues of teen depression and anxiety which plague so many teenagers today. They surveyed their peers, interviewed fellow students and professional adults familiar with these issues and their impact on teenagers’ lives. The team plans to present the film to other teen groups and middle schoolers throughout the school year.
Teen Leaders Transform Berwyn’s 8th Ward Fire Hydrants
Berwyn’s 8th Ward Alderman Nora Laureto conducted a unique beautification project along the Roosevelt Road business corridor this past week involving 25 teen volunteers from Youth Crossroads and resident adult artists from the Berwyn Arts & Music (BAM) organization. About ten fire hydrants along Roosevelt Road between Wenonah and East Avenues were transformed with paint by the teens into dragons, bubblegum machines, music sheets, and other creative themes under the watchful eye of local artists.
With all paint and supplies donated by Alderman Laureto, approval from the Berwyn Fire Department, and cooperation from Berwyn’s Public Works Department, the volunteers spent most of Saturday, October 17, creating the masterpieces. Alderman Laureto expressed her satisfaction with the project,
“This wonderful group of volunteer teens did an amazing job brightening up Roosevelt Road. It’s great to see local young people get involved in their community, and they should be proud of their contribution to this city.”
Alderman Nora Laureto, Sofia Zabawa, Lupe Blanco, and Rosie Diaz complete work on their gumball machine hydrant. Dragon: Alejandra Herrera puts the finishing touches on her team’s dragon hydrant. Dalmation: Stephanie Barajas and Daniella Ortega show off this dog-ready hydrant with their clever design. Clouds: Michelle Mora, Melissa Bobadilla. Pizza: Max Ramos. Mario Brother: Juan Valdez. Music & Pink Base Coat: Issac Saucedo and Janie Dam. Dragon: Alejandra Herrera and Bernice Pina.
YC GOES MOBILE VIA CITY OF BERWYN VEHICLE STICKERS!
Thanks to the City of Berwyn, Youth Crossroads, Inc.’s logo was selected to adorn this year’s vehicle stickers. What a simple and great way for YC to build awareness during our 40th year of service to the local community!
SOUTH BERWYN EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANT TO YC
- YC is pleased to announce that the South Berwyn Education Foundation (SBEF) provided a $10,000 grant to our agency in November 2013 to enhance YC student support services for children attending South Berwyn School District 100 schools. The grant will support after-school academic enrichment programs provided by YC at Freedom Middle School and Heritage Middle School, school-based counseling services for students at Freedom Middle school, and a bullying prevention program for 4th-5th graders at Komensky Elementary School. Over 300 District 100 students will benefit from these services that are intended to improve their school attendance, academic performance, social and emotional well-being, and ability to achieve success at school and home.
Since its inception in 1992, the SBEF has provided over $1,000,000 in support to South Berwyn schools, teachers, and student enrichment projects. This grant to YC represents the first contribution by the Foundation to a local non-profit agency and not a request for funds made directly by district staff or administrators.
According to Kathy O’Connor, an SBEF board director,
“I am so glad we were able to commit to Youth Crossroads. There is not a doubt in my mind that you are fiscally responsible and will make this money work for as many children as possible. I am proud to have been a part of this wonderful vote last night!”
Dan Lane, SBEF President commented,
“The South Berwyn Education Foundation is proud to help and support the Youth Crossroads after-school programs in our two middle schools. This is a much needed program for many families in our district this time of year. Youth Crossroads has been a partner with School District #100 for many years, meeting the needs of our students; and Youth Crossroads can depend on the continuous support of the SBEF in the future.”
We are grateful to the SBEF for their confidence and support of our work for students and families in South Berwyn School District 100.