Community Youth Services (CYS)
Bureau of Community-Based & Primary Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


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 youth, their parents and 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.

Delivery Method

Community Youth Service workers plan and implement organizing, direct and advocacy services for community residents. These services are administered by the Area Project or Provider in conjunction with the community committees

Program Data

SFY07 SFY08 SFY09 SFY 10
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $6, 835.5 $6,837.3 $6,560.0 $5,685.2
Number of Grantees 20 20 20 20
Number Served 45,000 82, 638 44,978 60,013

Program Effectiveness

  • The CYS program has 242 community committees comprised of community residents
  • The CYS program providers provided 9,033 services to youth, young adults and their families in 200 communities and 55 counties throughout Illinois.