Chicago Youth Opportunities Initiative

We Support. We Uplift. We Inspire.

aka CYOI   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.ChicagoYOI.com
This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.
This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of foster youth within the Chicago community. We help our youth set and accomplish goals by providing workshops for academic growth and literacy, career exploration, personal investigation and goal-setting, community service, scholarships and lifelong friendships through our mentoring program. Our programs empower youth to dream astronomically and set lofty goals but also help develop the life skills necessary to achieve their vision. We also provide our youth with educational and career resources, scholarships, and lifelong friendships through our mentoring program.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Brittney Jones

Director of Youth Development

Alayna Washington

Main address

4250 N marine drive 507

Chicago, IL 60613 USA

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Formerly known as

Chicago Youth Opportunities Initiative

EIN

47-3197446

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Foster Care (P32)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Development Program

The Chicago Youth Opportunities Initiative serves disadvantaged youth of Chicago’s foster Care

system in an effort to aid the development of crucial life skills necessary to succeed in any pursuit.

Youth are admitted to the program only if they are validated as a ward of the state of Illinois

through our partnership with the Lydia Home Association. Our partnership with Lydia ensures

students are properly vetted and meet the disadvantaged/underserved status. This partnership

causes a slightly less than favorable retention rate (50%) that is caused by factors outside of

CYOI’s span of control. The table below shows the number of students to start our program, the

number we ended the academic year with, and the rationale behind students not finishing the

program. All of the students who didn’t finish the program left Lydia home completely and were

no longer able to attend our sessions or 1:1 mentoring opportunities. Below, you’ll see three (3)

students left Lydia Home to live with their relatives, a couple students had mental health issues

and were hospitalized for their own protection, and the remainder of our students left Lydia Home

after becoming fostered by families appointed by the state.

Population(s) Served

At Chicago Youth Opportunities Initiative, we believe that everyone needs someone to help guide and lead them, which is why we have a Mentoring Program in addition to our Youth Development program. Our Youth Development and Mentoring Programs work hand-in-hand.



Proper mentorship plays a vital role in the development of youth. The role of the mentor within Chicago Youth Opportunities Initiative is to attend the monthly youth development sessions and to build a strong relationship with their mentee. As an organization, we look to the mentors to be committed to the growth of the students in the program

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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Chicago Youth Opportunities Initiative

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brittiney Jones

Hasani Henderson

BET Networks

Alayna Washington

Whitney Young High School

Libby Pederson

Agency 360

Brittiney Jones

Gartner

Melissa Allen

M. Lisette

Sydney Sewell

SWC Tech

Jo Anna Takla

Allstate

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes