Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


The Crossroads program provides services to intervene in the lives of youth ages 10 to 17 who have engaged in risk-taking behaviors (gang involvement, violence, drug use, chronic truancy combined with other risky behaviors) but have not yet been arrested.


Services are intended to effect a positive change that will redirect the young person away from risk-taking behavior, allow him/her to avoid interaction with the juvenile justice system and assist him or her down the path to a healthy, productive life.


Agencies identify key domains requiring attention in the youth's life; develop a case plan; provide services and/or make referrals as necessary to meet his/her needs; record the results; and track the case. Services are provided in close coordination with other service providers in the community in order to effect comprehensive service delivery and best meet the individual needs of each youth.

Delivery Method

Funds are granted to 13 community-based agencies in all areas of the state. Youth are referred to Crossroads from other community entities (such as schools, families, churches and/or other service providers) and assessed using the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI). Youth eligible for services are those assessed as medium to high-risk on the YASI.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $1,699.1 $1,701.4 $1,743.8 $1,764.9
Number of Grantees 13 13 13 13
Number Served 249 774 774 867

NOTE: Data reported on numbers served for FY07 and 08 are estimated based on agency self reports.

Program Effectiveness

  • Youth engaged in risk-taking behaviors were redirected and assisted down the path to healthy and productive lives.
  • Youth actively pursued educational goals or actively pursued employment goals when appropriate.
  • Services were provided that honored dignity, mutual respect and valued diversity.
  • Positive family and social relationships were encouraged within a safe environment.
  • Community partnership and coalitions have been cultivated.