Community Youth Services (CYS)
Bureau of Community-Based & Primary Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
Youth and Adults
To reduce and prevent juvenile delinquency
The Community Youth Service (CYS) program is built around organizing community residents into committees to address the problems and issues confronting youth and adults in their communities. CYS workers organize community residents into committees. The role of the committees is to plan, coordinate and implement programs that address issues by assessing needs and developing strategic plans. Community Youth Services workers provide a myriad of resources and technical assistance to community committees, encouraging committees to become a sustainable programs in their community. The committees also advocate around issues that impact their community such as truancy, public housing, public safety public health and employment. The community committees' serve as an inspiration to improve the quality of life for community residents. In addition to organizing and advocacy activities, providers and community committees plan and deliver direct services. Examples of direct service activities include homework help, tutorial assistance, recreation, cultural, parent education and educational workshops for adolescents.
CYS workers plan and implement the following type of services: direct, organizing and advocacy services. These services are administered by the area project or in conjunction with the community committees
|Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's)
|Number of Grantees
- The CYS program has 242 community committees.
- The CYS program providers provided 9,033 services to youth, young adults and their families in 200 communities and 55 counties throughout Illinois.