Community Youth Network, Inc

Serving children, adolescents and adults since 1978

aka CYN Counseling Center   |   Grayslake, IL   |
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Community Youth Network, Inc

EIN: 36-2991247


CYN's mission is to provide and expand access to comprehensive, quality mental health services, while increasing awareness and working to eliminate the stigma of mental health issues.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Gail Weil

Main address

18640 W. Belvidere Rd.

Grayslake, IL 60030 USA

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Subject area info

Community mental health care

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth


LGBTQ people


Women and girls

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NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Community Youth Network (CYN) Counseling Center addresses the critical issue of accessible and affordable mental health care. In a world where anxiety, depression, and trauma are increasingly prevalent, many individuals lack the support needed to manage their mental well-being. Barriers such as high costs, limited availability of professionals, and long waiting times prevent many from receiving care. CYN mitigates these issues with fees based on family income and financial situation and a diverse team of professionals to provide timely and comprehensive services. We cater to all demographics, including specialized programs for children, adolescents, adults, and families. By focusing on early intervention and community outreach, CYN Counseling Center promotes mental health awareness and reduces stigma, ensuring that everyone can access the support they need to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Community based counseling services

Community-based counseling services offered to individuals, couples, families, and group counseling or psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults encountering various challenges. We extend support to victims of abuse or trauma, individuals with mental health conditions, and others in need. These services are available at minimal to no cost for clients experiencing barriers to treatment, including low income, transportation issues, lack of insurance, or language barriers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

Temporary shelter, support and follow-up for youth, ages 11-17, who have run away, been locked out, or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Population(s) Served

CYN provides intensive counseling and case management for families affected by child abuse. We also offer support for families in crisis, post-adoption, and children with sexual behavior issues, aiming to prevent child abuse and strengthen family bonds.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
At-risk youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average youth self-rating of functioning and coping skills

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community based counseling services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Mentoring Youth served 43 Survey (self-identified) responses: 100% showed an increase in self-esteem 100% showed improvement in problem solving 100% improved in coping skills

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

• Increasing access for all persons to needed mental health treatment
• Fostering improved mental health through the provision of counseling, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, community education, and prevention services to individuals, families and the community.
• Reducing unnecessary entry into the juvenile justice, child welfare, or mental health systems.
• Promoting coordinated, collaborative partnerships among various social, legal, educational and other community service providers in order to reduce duplication of services and to cultivate healthier communities through collective impact.

-Use evidence based practices and engagement strategies in order to assist clients in investing in themselves
-Continue to grow and develop as a staff in order to best assist our clients
-Partner/collaborate with others in order to increase access to services, avoid duplication, and increase efficiencies
-Remain community based in order to reduce entry into the child welfare/juvenile justice systems
-Support and strengthen families through case management, education, counseling, psychotherapy, and other services
-Develop creative ways of reaching the hardest to reach clients
-Remain financially solvent in order to continue to be available to serve the community
-Develop programs that meet the needs of the community

CYN Counseling Center effectively addresses the need for accessible and affordable mental health care through a variety of capabilities that cater to the diverse needs of the community. CYN’s diverse team includes bilingual counselors, social workers, and therapists, allowing them to address a wide range of mental health issues for various demographic groups, offering specialized care tailored to individual needs.

To ensure affordability, CYN uses a sliding fee scale based on clients' income levels and the family's financial situation, making services inclusive and accessible to a broad segment of the community, ensuring financial constraints do not prevent individuals and families from receiving help.

CYN provides a wide range of therapeutic services including individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy, and couples counseling. This comprehensive array ensures clients receive specific support for personal mental health challenges, family dynamics, or relationship issues.

CYN offers specialized programs for different age groups and issues. For children and adolescents, tailored interventions address behavioral problems, school stress, and family dynamics, often involving family therapy. For adults, services cover anxiety, depression, and work-related stress.

Emphasizing early intervention and preventative care, CYN offers educational workshops, support groups, and outreach programs to raise awareness and provide tools for proactive mental health management, promoting long-term well-being.

Community outreach is central to CYN’s mission. CYN actively engages with the community to raise mental health awareness, reduce stigma, and educate the public through partnerships with local schools, organizations, and community groups, encouraging individuals to seek help when needed.

To enhance accessibility, CYN provides telehealth options, allowing clients to receive counseling services remotely, particularly benefiting those unable to visit in person due to distance, mobility issues, or other barriers.

Cultural competence is a key focus at CYN. Services are respectful of and tailored to the cultural, linguistic, and individual needs of clients. Providing culturally sensitive care builds trust and efficacy in therapeutic relationships, ensuring all clients feel understood and supported.

CYN is committed to maintaining high standards of care through ongoing professional development. Staff regularly participate in training and continuing education to stay current with the latest research and best practices in mental health care, ensuring clients receive effective, up-to-date treatment.

Through these extensive capabilities, CYN provides crucial mental health services. By addressing barriers to access, offering specialized and comprehensive care, and engaging in proactive outreach and education, CYN promotes mental health and well-being for individuals and families, fostering a healthier and more resilient community.

In addition to its overarching goals, CYN Counseling Center has made significant strides in expanding its services and community engagement initiatives. Over the past year, CYN has experienced a remarkable 21% increase in its service offerings, indicating a growing capacity to meet the mental health needs of its community. Among its notable expansions is the establishment of the Nurturing Families Program (NPP) in Spanish, addressing the specific needs of Spanish-speaking individuals and families. Furthermore, the NPP services have been extended to Kane and DuPage Counties, broadening the program's reach and impact. The success of CYN's NPP caught the attention of the nationwide NPP annual meeting, where CYN's facilitators were invited to share insights and best practices due to the program's exceptional outcomes.

CYN has also strengthened its partnerships with local institutions, exemplified by an enhanced collaboration with North Chicago Schools. This expanded partnership encompasses the addition of more schools and therapists, as well as the introduction of a restorative justice facilitator, emphasizing CYN's commitment to holistic and community-centered approaches to mental health and conflict resolution. Additionally, CYN has become an active participant in North Chicago's District Community Leadership team meetings, fostering collaboration and alignment with broader community initiatives.

Recognizing the complex needs of its clients, CYN has forged a partnership with a local drug and alcohol treatment agency to ensure comprehensive support and intervention. Moreover, the center has taken significant steps towards enhancing its governance structure by increasing its board size by 33%, a move aimed at better reflecting the demographics of the communities it serves. As a result, CYN's board composition now stands at 53% BIPOC, underscoring its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Furthermore, CYN has invested in upgrading its infrastructure by acquiring a new electronic health record system, poised to enhance operational efficiencies across all programs and further optimize client care delivery. These initiatives collectively underscore CYN Counseling Center's dedication to advancing mental health access, fostering community resilience, and driving meaningful impact across its service area.


Community Youth Network, Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 Audited Financial Statements 2017 Audit FY17.pdf
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.58 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Community Youth Network, Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Community Youth Network, Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Community Youth Network, Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $210,370 $173,277 $340,287 $111,176 $126,370
As % of expenses 14.5% 8.8% 12.6% 4.4% 3.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $189,980 $154,150 $324,269 $96,933 $110,028
As % of expenses 12.9% 7.8% 11.9% 3.8% 3.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,667,359 $2,273,991 $2,937,696 $2,759,853 $3,705,653
Total revenue, % change over prior year 23.4% 36.4% 29.2% -6.1% 34.3%
Program services revenue 21.9% 16.9% 16.1% 18.7% 55.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 69.5% 71.5% 73.4% 67.4% 29.7%
All other grants and contributions 8.8% 11.6% 9.6% 13.0% 14.1%
Other revenue -0.1% 0.0% 0.9% 1.0% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,449,420 $1,960,733 $2,698,439 $2,511,955 $3,401,344
Total expenses, % change over prior year 21.4% 35.3% 37.6% -6.9% 35.4%
Personnel 77.0% 80.8% 80.8% 78.5% 78.9%
Professional fees 10.5% 9.0% 9.8% 10.3% 11.2%
Occupancy 1.0% 1.2% 0.7% 0.7% 0.5%
Interest 1.1% 0.8% 0.5% 0.5% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 10.3% 8.2% 8.2% 10.0% 9.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,469,810 $1,979,860 $2,714,457 $2,526,198 $3,417,686
One month of savings $120,785 $163,394 $224,870 $209,330 $283,445
Debt principal payment $32,686 $75,773 $15,127 $17,914 $19,352
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,623,281 $2,219,027 $2,954,454 $2,753,442 $3,720,483

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 1.9 2.5 3.3 3.3 3.5
Months of cash and investments 1.9 2.5 3.3 3.3 3.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.8 4.2 4.5 5.2 4.2
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $235,353 $413,495 $742,406 $684,653 $993,379
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,995
Receivables $388,107 $709,926 $643,908 $696,474 $869,799
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $900,467 $881,490 $848,335 $852,090 $866,900
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 28.0% 29.3% 28.8% 29.6% 30.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 40.1% 40.1% 37.2% 24.9% 33.3%
Unrestricted net assets $757,049 $911,199 $1,235,468 $1,332,401 $1,442,429
Temporarily restricted net assets $25,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $25,000 $159,311 $58,281 $195,003 $372,881
Total net assets $782,049 $1,070,510 $1,293,749 $1,527,404 $1,815,310

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
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Executive Director

Gail Weil

Gail Weil, LCSW, CADC has worked in the social service field in Lake County, IL her entire career. She has held positions in both direct care and leadership, the experience of which has given her a well rounded perspective on area needs, key stakeholders, and effective strategies.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Community Youth Network, Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Community Youth Network, Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Kurt Peterson


Kevin Brady

Mary Lou Brady

David Fencl

Kurt Peterson

Ken Strom

Laura Comilla

Lori Roundtree

Belinda Hightower

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/22/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


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