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Youth Asset Development Project – ILAACP

Youth Asset Development Project


Please read and share our 2014-2015 Youth Asset Development Project Evaluation Report using the hashtag #WhatWeDoMatters!

In FY2014, the ILAACP received a grant from the Chicago Public Safety Action Committee: Get in Chicago, to launch the Youth Asset Development Project (YADP), which provided life skills education, financial literacy training, and academic tutoring to youth between the ages of 13 and 24 at the greatest risk of violence.

In FY2015, the ILAACP received funding from JAC and its Violence Prevention, Intervention, and Reduction Demonstration Grant to enhance and expand the YADP to serve at-risk youth in underserved communities located on Chicago’s south side.

As a result of the successes of the FY2015 program, the ILAACP has been awarded $200,000 for FY2016 from the Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC) through its Violence Prevention, Intervention, and Reduction Demonstration Grant to continue the YADP. The ILAACP will continue to deliver the YADP, a violence prevention program targeting African-American youth between the ages of 14 and 18 residing in Chicago, Illinois neighborhoods with a disproportionately high prevalence of violence. The ILAACP will continue partnerships with three (3), existing Delivery Partners – Target Area Development Corporation, Teamwork Englewood, and the South Side Drill Team – to augment and expand their current level of services by delivering three (3) evidence-based interventions – cognitive behavioral therapy, mentoring, and training in balanced and restorative justice practices – to an additional 117 youth at the greatest risk of violence.


Mentoring and Life Skills Development – The mentoring session promotes positive relationships (with peers and adults), life skills development, and education and career path planning using Winning Future’s, Achieving Success curriculum. The curriculum focuses on supporting academic tasks and positive decision making and includes topics such as: 1) exploration of who you are and what you stand for, 2) exploring career options, 3) setting educational/career goals, 4) overcoming obstacles, 5) creating a support team, and 6) budgeting and job skills.

Balanced and Restorative Justice – The peacemaking circle is facilitated using restorative justice practices to resolve conflicts, as well as create spaces for YADP participants to recognize and hold the common values they share, address trauma, increase emotional literacy and build new relationships.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – The YADP offers a standardized 12-session program using the evidence-based Think First curriculum. This curriculum, based on social and emotional theory, is designed to provide youth the opportunity to build the essential life skills of personal responsibility, affect regulation, and social problem-solving, as well as to cope with the trauma experienced through exposure to violence.

The ILAACP collaborates with Target Area Development Corporation, South Shore Drill Team and Teamwork Englewood to serve youth residing in the following communities:

  • Auburn-Gresham
  • Greater Grand Crossing
  • Englewood
  • Roseland
  • South Shore

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 This project is made possible with generous support from the Cook County Justice Advisory Council.




For more information about the Youth Asset Development Project, please contact Malik S. Nevels, J.D., Executive Director, at 312.850.4444 ext.222 or mnevels@ilaacp.org.


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