CYP Bi-annual Report 2016/2017

Letter from our Executive Director
As Chicago Youth Programs approaches 35 years of service to the children and families of our remarkable, albeit tarnished city, we reflect on the journey that we travelled to get here. The road has been paved with the unrelenting promise of what is now two generations of youth served who, against the backdrop of Cabrini Green’s turbulent past, have become nurses, architects, chefs, entrepreneurs, and physicians. The view has changed. The low-income high rises have given way to townhomes and condominiums; but the needs of the youth and families who once called Cabrini Green home remain intact, and so does their stubborn resolve to overcome.

Established by volunteers in 1995, Washington Park became our second service area and is now our largest community program, serving youth and families from Washington Park, Woodlawn, Chatham, Englewood, and Greater Grand Crossing.  We hear a great deal about these areas on the nightly news as they are positioned as the least desirable, most dispensable of the city’s 77 neighborhoods because of their inability to keep residents safe and provide well performing schools. We do not often learn of the hundreds of children who annually:  Receive well child visits and immunizations in CYP’s free pediatric clinic; have a safe summer full of wonderment and exploration because of their enrollment in CYP’s free summer camp; and are able to read and succeed in kindergarten and beyond because of the early literacy program that at age three begins their formal CYP journey.  So, while those on the outside looking in might draw a different conclusion; the children of CYP’s Southside communities respectfully refuse to give up on their Chicago neighborhood.

Now celebrating its 20th year, Uptown sprung up three years after Washington Park and is now our fastest growing community program, serving youth and families from Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park.  More economically and culturally diverse than CYP’s other community areas, the families who consume our programs from these communities bring an unrelenting zealousness to their participation.

Since its inception in 2014, North Lawndale has had a challenging start as a CYP service area.  With the closure of the partner school less than a year after programs began, we have now gone back to the starting block.  It is no secret that the need in North Lawndale and surrounding Westside neighborhoods is great and we have a renewed focus on creating the long-term partnerships that will help to bring CYP’s comprehensive model to these communities.

Chicago Youth Programs has faced head on the consequences of the city’s struggle to stem street violence, having had two young lives cut short and two others forever changed by the grave injuries that a bullet causes.  Yet, challenges have given way to growth, and despair has birthed tremendous hope.

Our hope lies in every smiley faced four year-old who reads their first sentence; and every twelve year-old boy who chooses their education over the neighborhood gang; and every one of the 50 current kids in college who will soon step into a career that was once only a far off dream.

What’s on the horizon for CYP enthuses and propels us forward:  A long-term study of the impact of our comprehensive program efforts.  Our rededication to service on the city’s Westside.  The build-out of our staff and program delivery structures to prepare to scale up.  An intuitive database that contains every enrolled student in our history and tracks their individual outcome.  The list is long, and exemplifies our sheer will to serve as many as we can for as long as they need.

Please enjoy this brief glimpse into our work and join us as we move ONWARD & UPWARD!

Warmest thanks,

Cinaiya Stubbs

Cinaiya Stubbs
Executive Director

Hundreds of CYP children from Southside communities

Receive well child visits and immunizations in CYP’s free pediatric clinic
Have a safe summer full of wonderment and exploration because of their enrollment in CYP’s free summer camp
Are able to read and succeed in kindergarten and beyond because of the early literacy program that at age three begins their formal CYP journey

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CYP by the numbers
program milestones & Impact

Spotlight on EARLY LITERACY:

Spotlight on Early Childhood

For minority children growing up in poverty achieving literacy goals is further complicated by under-resourced schools, lack of learning tools in the home, and the instability of life in violent communities. In high-need neighborhoods, literacy challenges are among the greatest contributors to the low graduation rates that usually accompany poverty. By eighth grade, the problem is more pronounced: 79% of the Chicago Public Schools 8th graders are not grade-level proficient in reading according to the U.S. Department of Education (2012).

At CYP’s targeted communities/schools, literacy levels are even more concerning. Per Great Schools Data 2016, only 8% of students at Burke Elementary, a school in CYP’s southside community, met literacy standards. At Dulles Elementary, another school in CYP’s community area, the rate was only 2%. It is no surprise that the inadequate development of early educational skills contributes to weak long-term achievement and keeps economically disadvantaged youth in a cycle of poverty.  To counter these challenges, CYP provides targeted literacy interventions for kids from age three through third grade.


Kindergarten Literacy

  • High Risk-Lowest Score
  • Some Risk
  • Lowest Risk - Highest Score

Oral Reading Fluency

  • Deficit - Lowest Score
  • Emerging
  • Established - Highest Score
Of those tested, none of our Kindergarten or 1st grade youth were found to be in the high risk category, meaning they are least likely to fall behind in their long-term literacy gains.  In second grade, 15% tested in the high risk range, while 77% tested in the highest scoring category.

Spotlight on Middle School:

Chicago Youth Programs focuses on the middle school years intently because they are the most challenging when it comes to retaining youth in the program.  Why? The transition from elementary school at about age 11, to middle school, is notoriously hard, and researchers have documented that kids suffer academically, from which they don’t recover for years. Adolescence is in full swing, social anxiety and bullying spike, and social media appears to more often than not, amplify the period’s unpleasantness.

This natural phenomenon, coupled with the environmental challenges of growing up in poverty; exposure to gangs and crime, or the need to have middle schoolers in the home to care for younger siblings, contribute to the middle school years being the time when program retention is most challenging.  However, CYP has developed best practices to develop new strategies and programs to help keep middle school youth engaged in programs through these often turbulent years. The belief is simple:  We cannot help them achieve a long-term, sustainable life change if we cannot keep them engaged long-term.

Spotlight on Middle School

CYP kids


Rising 7th – 10th graders

  • All Youth Who Attended
  • Excellent Attendance Only

Spotlight on Teens:

Our Teen Career programs address the obstacles that hinder economically disadvantaged youth as they try to achieve the higher education degree necessary to escape poverty. Those factors include poor educational preparedness, lack of family knowledge/experience with higher education processes, lack of counseling on education/career development, few financial resources, culture shock in higher education, and unhealthy alternatives to education. The Teen Career Program counters each of these factors, providing the comprehensive support needed to prepare and place youth into higher education, which is the critical step in the journey out of poverty. Regular activities include:

  • Weekly one-on-one tutoring with a young adult mentor;
  • College and trade school research;
  • Panels led by CYP participants who are currently enrolled in higher education;
  • Career exploration through field trips to various workplaces, career search surveys, and presentations by professionals in diverse fields; and
  • Career readiness activities include soft skill lessons, workplace internships, interview skills development, resume writing, and budgeting.
Our Impact - Parenthood
Teen graphic
Teen Graphic 2

Spotlight on College:

Spotlight on College

Our Impact - Bachelors Degree

Marian Wright Edelman, an African-American activist for children’s education, famously mused, “You can’t be what you can’t see.”  In many communities served by CYP, less than 10% of the population 25 and older has attained bachelor’s degrees, therefore, youth have few models of higher education attainment in their communities. Consequently, they are mired with questions of how to succeed in higher education: how to develop good study skills, apply for college, access financial aid, find work-study jobs, obtain internships, create a resume, interview for jobs, pay off school loans, and more. While CYP participants have a deep desire to succeed in their educational endeavors, they need extensive support to help them navigate the complex world of higher education.

CYP comes alongside youth in their Pre-K learning years to provide education assistance. As the child grows, so do the CYP supports and programming opportunities. By the time youth enter high school, they can participate in CYP programming six days per week, including extensive academic supports and mentoring to prepare for college.

CYP higher education programs do not only impact the participants: the entire family and community are transformed as well. When a child obtains a college degree and earns a corresponding salary, the economic status of the family improves.

Our students are attending these Universities

CYP Alumni

I am CYP

Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative (MMI)

CYP has developed an amazing Boys Mentoring Program with the support of the City of Chicago’s Male Mentoring Initiative (MMI).  Led by the program coordinator and with a team of Lead Mentors, we provide a wide range of services, support, information, and opportunities for our middle school and high school boys.

We serve multiple communities throughout the city of Chicago and provide up to 12 hours of intense mentoring every week. Each session begins with a social-emotional learning PIES check-in that allows for each boy to practice public speaking, develop trust and comradery amongst other students, have a voice and identify who and where he is by self-reflection.

Preventative healthcare is a major priority for CYP, and as we’ve developed our Boys Mentoring Program with the support of MMI, we’re making sure preventative healthcare is a priority for our young men as well. To that end, we have a major sports training and physical health focus in our program – from running drills, to practicing jump shots, developing muscle, and improving daily diets, we do it all.

We also teach music and studio recording, and develop drum lines and studio engineers who are able to mix and record music electronically with professional studio equipment. We believe exposure is a key tool for all of our boys to grow beyond their current environments, so we have 1 or 2 trips each week that expose the boys to new attractions around the city, different communities, and different cultures and ethnicities. Lastly, we have an instructional period during each session where we focus on key information that the boys do not receive in school, but is vital to their development as young men. These instructional periods focus on:

Careers &
Our goal is to provide a comprehensive boys mentoring program that creates a positive environment and provides essential tools for their development as they grow into manhood.
Corporate Sponsors
University Partners

Our university partners are foundational to CYP’s program model.  Throughout the week, these universities open their doors to Chicago’s inner-city youth and welcome them to their campuses in an effort to help them thrive academically.  Every 2nd thru 12th grader is matched 1:1 with a tutor/mentor who works exclusively with their student throughout the year, working on the english and math concepts that they need strengthened.

During high school, these sessions also involve college essay writing, scholarship applications, and any other assistance the teens need to prepare for the journey to higher education.  The involvement and dedication of these volunteers is essential to our students’ academic development, and has been a mainstay for CYP since we began.

Financials – FY16 & FY17



TOTAL REVENUE: $1,656,652



TOTAL REVENUE: $1,772,293

Our Supporters
Anonymous Foundation
Jackson National Asset Management
Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation
Mark Mandich*
Hyatt Hotels Foundation
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Magellan Development Group
Michael Reese Health Trust
Polk Bros Foundation
Skender Foundation
Vtech Electronics North America
W.P. & H.B. White Foundation

* Member of Board of Directors

Andrew Davidson*
David Carlins*
John Riley*
Mark Arshonksy*
601 W Companies
Gustafson Family Foundation
Latham & Watkins LLP
MB Real Estate Services, LLC
Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co
The Speiser Family Foundation

* Member of Board of Directors

Andrew Greene*
David Mahoney
Eric A. Hoffman*
Kenneth J. Martin
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
BMO Harris Bank
Campout For Kids
Circle Of Service Foundation
Jackson National Community Fund
Joseph & Helen Komarek Foundation
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
The Susan Krause Charitable Lead Annuity Trust
Northwestern Memorial Foundation
Piper Jaffray Community Relations
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
The Chicago Community Trust
World Sport Chicago, Inc.

* Member of Board of Directors

Adam Ryan
Adam Sokol
Anne B. McGivern
Anthony Balestrieri
Debra Kenning
Gregory Doerr
James E. Martin
Karen Sheehan*
Kevin K. Kenning*
Louis Berg
Mary K. Daly*
Nathan Root
Paul Duggan
Paul Katz
Phil Sandler
Robert Kaplan
Thomas Fiske*
ABM Janitorial services
American Endowment Foundation
Amsted Industries Foundation
Anchor Mechanical Inc.
Auburn Corporation
Bear Construction
Cabworks Custom Elevators
Core Twelve
Corporate Concierge Services, Inc.
Door Service, Inc.
Eastlake Studio
Faber Coe & Gregg Inc.
Gehrett Plumbing, Inc.
Gould & Ratner LLP
Grant Thronton LLP
Hard Surface Finishers Inc.
Illinois J. Livingston Co.
Kent Consulting Engineers
KSA Lighting & Controls
Office Revolution, LLC
Phoenix Systems & Service, Inc.
Port Capital LLC
PPM America, Inc.
Northwestern University
Reed Construction
Ryan Specialty Group, LLC
Schindler Elevator Corporation
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Telos Group, LLC
The Galter Foundation
The Geraghty-A Venue Of Possibilities
The Jerry Rich Foundation
The Lagunitas Brewing Co.
The William & Mildred Kaplan Foundation
The Yardi Foundation
US Datacomm, Inc.
Walter E. Heller Foundation
Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Worsek & Vihon LLP

* Member of Board of Directors

Aaron D. Cohen*
Austin Krumpfes
Bryan Oyster*
Cindy Krajewski
Craig Close
Craig Smith
Dana Ziebel
Elizabeth Powell
Genie Roosevelt
James Breslo
Jennifer Trainor
Karen C. Martin
Kenneth Parch
Lisa Schoedel
Lori Shelnitz
Lou Dore
Lynette Martin
Mark Borrelli*
Matthew Tullio
Michael Glascott*
Michael Meagher
Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Blaser
Nelson Zamora
Peter Knott
Richard Moore
Robert Graham
Sabrina Derrington
Sam Fusco
Sandy Sanguino*
Stacey Zolt-Hara*
Steve Robinson
Thomas Deem*
William Barta*
Alps Construction
Antares Capital LP
Flossmoor Community Church
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Grosvenor Holdings LLC
Kleban Family Foundation
Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern University
Philip M. Friedman Family Charitable Trust
T. William Lester Charitable Fund
Tavern On The Park
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

* Member of Board of Directors

Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation
Michael Reese Health Trust

* Member of Board of Directors

Jackson National
Community Fund
Lloyd A. Fry
Polk Bros.
W.P. & H.B. White
Mark Mandich*
601W Companies
Circle of Service Foundation
Gustafson Family Foundation
Latham & Watkins LLP
Magellan Development Group
Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co.
The Speiser Family Foundation

* Member of Board of Directors

Kenneth Martin
Mark Arshonsky*
Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Camp Out For Kids
Joseph & Helen
Komarek Foundation
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
MB Real Estate
Services, LLC
Piper Jaffray
Pricewaterhouse Coopers

* Member of Board of Directors

Debra Kenning
Kevin Kenning*
Mark Borrelli*
Nathan Root
Thomas Fiske*
ABM Janitorial Services
Amsted Industries Foundation
Anonymous Individual
Bear Construction
BMO Harris Bank
Door Service, Inc.
Hard Surface Finishers
Illinois J. Livingston Co.
Kent Consulting Engineers
Phoenix Systems & Service, Inc.
Ryan Specialty Group
Securitas Security Services USA
Telos Group
Walter E. Heller Foundation

* Member of Board of Directors

Adam Ryan
Andrew Greene*
Austin Krumpfes
Elizabeth Powell
Genie Roosevelt
James Breslo
Jennifer Trainor
John Riley*
Karen Sheehan*
Kenneth Parch
Lori Shelnitz
Lou Dore
Lynette Martin
Mary Kate Daly*
Maureen Grove*
Paul Duggan
Peter Knott
Sabrina Derrington
Thomas Deem*
Grosvenor Holdings, LLC
Kleban Family Foundation
PPM America
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates

* Member of Board of Directors

CYP Leadership
CYP Staff
Staff pictured from left to right: James McCarter, Corey Barksdale, Alfredia Little, Katelyn Gonzalez, Jakina Dortch, Monique Cook-Bey, Cinaiya Stubbs, Chelsea Corbett, Audtrie Mobley, Anna Devine, Elizabeth Minter, Brandon Reynolds, Harry Jones IV


Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH
Mary Kate
Vice President

Board Members

Bill Barta

President, Rider Dickerson

Dave Carlins

President, Magellan Development Group LTD

Lucien Carter

Attorney, Private Practice

Aaron Cohen

Managing Director, GTCR

Andrew Davidson

Executive Vice President & Managing Director, MB Real Estate Services, LLC

Thomas Deem

Regional Manager, Gap Inc.

Joseph DiCara, MD, MPH

Founder & Volunteer CEO, Chicago Youth Programs; Physician, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Katie Fairbank

Regional Executive Director, Presence Health Foundation

Tom Fiske

Partner, Ernst & Young

Michael Glascott

Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Andrew Greene

Partner,  A&G Law LLC

Eric Hoffman

Senior Director Facility Services, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Chirinjeev Kathuria, MD

Chairman, New Generation Power

Kevin Kenning

Attorney, Private Practice

Maureen Larson

Sales & Catering Partner, Aba & The Dalcy Fulton Market

Mark Mandich

Chief Executive Officer & President, PPM America

Jeff McIntosh

Junior Executive Board President; Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Bryan Oyster

Vice President and General Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle

John A. Riley

Retired, Great Books Foundation

Sandra Sanguino, MD, MPH

Co-Director of CYP/CMH Clinic Lurie Children’s Hospital


James McCarter


Corey Barksdale

Male Mentoring Initiative Coordinator

Alfredia Little

PREP Program Assistant/Office Assistant

Katelyn Gonzalez

Washington Park Program Coordinator

Jakina Dortch

Higher Education & Scholarship Program Manager

Monique Cook-Bey

Chief Program Officer

Cinaiya Stubbs

Executive Director

Chelsea Corbett

Uptown Youth Programs Manager

Audtrie Mobley

Washington Park Programs Manager

Anna Devine

Fundraising Manager

Elizabeth Minter

PREP Program Coordinator

Brandon Reynolds

Cabrini Green/North Lawndale Programs Manager

Harry Jones IV

Operations Manager

Karen Martin

Finance Manager

Stay Tuned

Our goal is simple, to support our youth while they navigate the barriers that come with growing up in poverty. Founded as the Cabrini Green Youth Program (CGYP) in 1984, we are now taking a look at if the CGYP accomplished its goal. We are conducting a long term follow-up study of participants who were enrolled in the CGYP since 1993, when we began to offer the comprehensive service model of academic support, mentoring, recreation and healthcare – until the last Cabrini Green building was torn down in 2011. Data collection is currently in progress with study completion anticipated by Fall 2018.