Bureau of Child & Adolescent Health
Division of Community Health and Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

Low-income students

Purpose

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

Services

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

Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY 04 SFY05 SFY06
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $307.00 $167.00 $167.00 $167.00
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 1
Number Served 425 235 246 239

Program Effectiveness

Dropout Rate (Youth Opportunity vs Chicago Public Schools)

Population 2003 2004 2005 2006
Youth Opportunity 5.00% 2.50% 1.30% 2.40%
Chicago Public Schools 14.15% 9.60% 9.80% *

Graduation Rate (Youth Opportunity vs Chicago Public Schools)

Population 2003 2004 2005 2006
Youth Opportunity 88.90% 86.20% 84.20% 87.20%
Chicago Public Schools 69.15% 67.10% 67.10% *

* FY 2006 data not available for Chicago Public Schools