2020 Community Youth Services (CYS) Fact Sheet

Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description



Youth and Young Adults.

Eligibility Criteria

Illinois youth and young adults who are 11 to 24 years of age. 


To reduce and prevent juvenile delinquency and violence.


The Community Youth Service (CYS) program is built around organizing community residents into committees to address the problems and issues confronting young adults' youth and their families in their communities. CYS workers organize community residents into committees. The role of the committees is to evaluate, 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 and youth committees, encouraging committees to become sustainable entities in their community. The committees also advocate around issues that impact their community such as violence, delinquency, truancy, public housing, public safety, public health and employment. The community and youth committees' serve as an inspiration to improve the quality of life for youth, 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
  • employment referrals
  • recreation activities
  • cultural activities 
  • educational workshops for adolescents and parents.

Delivery Method

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

Program Data

Program Data SFY20 SFY19
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $5,857.1 $5,144.1
Number of Grantees 22 18
Number Served 9658 8013

FY20 CYS Program Activities

Homework Help/Tutoring/After School Activities 1753
Recreation activities 1174
Parent/Youth Education Workshops 219
Peer Mentoring/ Leadership 143
Life Skills Education 301
Community Service Project 686
One on One Adult to Youth Mentoring 121
Educational Workshop for Youth 391
Total Activities 4788

Program Accomplishments

  • In FY20 the CYS program worked with 22 area project boards, 81 community committees and 81 youth committees which are comprised of community residents and other stakeholders.
  • In FY20 the CYS program grantees delivered 6,688 program services to youth, young adults and their families in 81 communities and 29 counties throughout Illinois this year.