Youth Opportunity (YO)
Bureau of Child & Adolescent Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Low-income students


Assist targeted population to remain in and complete high school; identify career goals; obtain marketable skills, and move toward self-sufficiency


Youth Opportunity services include: intensive counseling, with a focus on building self-esteem; on-site case management, with an emphasis on identifying and resolving barriers to school completion; career awareness activities; job readiness activities; vocational training; advocacy; job placement and job retention support; and mentoring.

Delivery Method

Services delivered in one Chicago Public School through a partnership with the Youth Guidance organization.

Program Data

SFY 04 SFY05 SFY06 SFY07
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $167.0 $167.0 $167.0 $167.0
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 1
Number Served 235 246 239 316

Program Accomplishments

Youth Opportunity Chicago Public Schools
Average attendance rate: 81% 91.3%
Drop out rate: 1.9% 8.3%
Graduation rate: 92.86% 66.0%
Job Placement: 36 N/A