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There will be lots of excitement at this year’s Gala as we honor our award recipients and raise funds for Youth Crossroads’ programs and services to help local kids with trauma counseling, after school programs, community service projects and leadership training.

The Live Auction, conducted by Dan Campbell, Benefit Auctioneer of Raising Paddles, features an African Safari, Caribbean Getaway, Cubs tickets, beer brewing party, sports memorabilia, and Southwest Airlines tickets. The Sealed Bid Auction includes trips to Napa Valley, custom furniture, sports items, beauty packages and more. And everyone’s a winner playing the Wheel of Fortune!      Advance reservations only.

Friday, April 28, 2017      Crystal Sky Banquets   7941 W. 47th St., McCook, IL     6:00 – 10:00 PM

Special thanks to our Gala III Sponsors:  Brookfield Financial Plans, Inc.; B~T Friends of  YC; B2B Marketing Group, Inc.; MacNeal Hospital; Mayor Robert J. Lovero & the Democratic Citizens of Berwyn; BMO Harris Bank; Gilbert Pena Family; The Town of Cicero; Berwyn Development Corporation; Berwyn Park District; Gilson Brinks Lione; FNBC Bank; Karovd Riding Stable; Supermercado La Villita.


Join us to celebrate community partners who stand up for at-risk youth every day.

Friday, April 28, 2017, Crystal Sky Banquets


Special thanks to our Gala III Sponsors:  Brookfield Financial Plans, Inc.; B~T Friends of  YC; B2B Marketing Group, Inc.; MacNeal Hospital; Mayor Robert J. Lovero & the Democratic Citizens of Berwyn; BMO Harris Bank; Gilbert Pena Family; The Town of Cicero; Berwyn Development Corporation; Berwyn Park District; Gilson Brinks Lione; FNBC Bank; Karovd Riding Stable; Supermercado La Villita.

                         SAVE THE DATE!


    Friday, April 28, 2017

                       6:00 PM – 10:00 PM  Crystal Sky Banquets, Mc Cook  IL

Join us to recognize the vital contributions made by community partners who continuously support and advocate for local youth. The Gala includes dinner, open bar, awards program, wine grab, cash raffle, Wheel of Fortune, exciting live auction, music, and dancing.  Register by March 31 for early ticket price of $75 ($100 after March 31).


Event Sponsorships still available.  Want to donate items or services? Contact us at 708.484.7400.


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.

Watch the Video Here


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.

Read More & Watch the Documentary…

Documentary Film Crew 2016

July 2016


The 2nd Annual Leaders at the Crossroads YC_awardsnight_logo_ finalWPCCAwards were presented to the following outstanding individuals:  GUIDE AWARD Sue Butler, Berwyn South School District 100;  SUPPORT AWARDS  United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (organization) and Nora Laureto, 8th Ward Alderman, City of Berwyn (individual);  INSPIRE AWARDS Service Award: Guadalupe Blanco and Inspire Award: Sandra Ortiz; LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Bonnie Buonicore (awarded posthumously).

Special thanks to all who attended and helped us reach our fundraising goal!

 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.”

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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_awardsnight_logo_ finalWPCC2015 GALA CELEBRATION A SUCCESS!

We are grateful to all our sponsors, donors, and guests for attending our 1st Annual Awards Gala!


Josh McMahon, Principal at Morton West High School, was MC of the awards program and, following the principles of YC’s mission, presented the Youth Guide Award to Meghan  Meyer, EdS, MeD, counselor at J. Sterling Morton West High School; the Youth Support Award to an Organization to Berwyn Twp 708 Community Mental Health Board; Youth Support Award to an Individual to Linda Sokol Francis;  the Inspire Service Award to Samantha Magana; and the Inspire Hope Award to Ricardo Delgado. Thanks to all award winners and nominees for making this an evening to remember!

All funds raised support our programs and services for local youth. 


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!

Berwyn City Vehicle Sticker

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Special thanks to everyone who attended YC’s annual fundraiser on April 11, 2014. A record crowd enjoyed an exciting live auction, silent auction, The Not-So Newlywed Game Show, Music by Lise, a custom photo booth, raffles galore, and a delicious dinner at Skylite West in Berwyn. Thanks to our many loyal sponsors, donors, and supporters, Youth Crossroads reached its fundraising goals for this event. See you next year! 


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.