Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services
Youth and Young Adults.
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.
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 Expenditures (Numbers in 000's)
|Number of Grantees
FY20 CYS Program Activities
|Homework Help/Tutoring/After School Activities
|Parent/Youth Education Workshops
|Peer Mentoring/ Leadership
|Life Skills Education
|Community Service Project
|One on One Adult to Youth Mentoring
|Educational Workshop for Youth
- 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.