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Youth Scholars, Skills, Service (YS3)

This program provides Chicago area youth who are in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), are not enrolled in an educational or vocational program and do not have a high school diploma or GED with the opportunity and resources to attain their educational goals and become independent and productive adults. Integral components of YS3 are student mentoring, college placement, and support.

The Alternative Schools Network of Chicago (ASN), in collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), has developed a program with 18 community-based alternative high schools to provide opportunities for youth who are out of school and do not have a high school diploma or GED. The Youth Scholars, Skills and Service Program (YS3) directory has been developed for professionals who work with 16-21 year old youth in the care of DCFS residing in such placements as traditional foster care, home of relative, independent living, or group home.

Participating schools are members of the Alternative Schools Network, and each school has its own unique academic character. All of the schools offer the following features to YS3 students:

Year-round Academic Program

  • Individualized education program
  • GED preparation
  • Small class size
  • Computer based assisted instruction
  • High speed Internet access
  • College preparation

After School Enrichment Program

  • Life skills
  • After-school tutoring
  • College Preparation
  • Employment skills
  • Structured social and cultural activities

Full-time School-Based Mentor

  • Intensive retention and support program
  • Coordination with DCFS case worker/service providers
  • Graduation and transition services
  • Coordinated community-based resources

Student Savings and Scholarship Program

  • Stipend for after school participation
  • Scholarships for post secondary education

Project New Futures

  • Transitional support to YS3 graduates into employment, vocational training and/or college
  • Participants tracked for an average of three years by ASN staff
  • A collaboration between the Alternative Schools Network, the Department of Children and Family Services and a private funder.

Directory lists all schools alphabetically.

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A. ASA Academy
Address: 4651 W. Madison, Phone: 773.921.1315,·Contact: Reginald Breashears

B. ASN GED Program
Address: 700 E. Oakwood Blvd, Phone: TBD,·Contact: TBD

K. Ada S. McKinley
Address: 2920 S. Wabash, Phone: 312.949.5010,·Contacts: Chester Holden, Lakeisha Rozier

MAntonia Pantoja H.S.
Address: 3121 N. Pulaski Ave, Phone: 773.252.0970,·Contact: Tito Rodriguez

C. Banner West
Address: 535 W. North Ave., Phone: TBD,·Contact: TBD

E. CCA Academy
Address: 1231 S. Pulaski, Phone: 773.762.2272,·Contacts: Crystal Williams, Gregory Williams

F. Chatham Academy
Address: 9035 S. Langley, Phone: TBD,·Contacts: TBD

G. Community Youth Development Inc.
Address: 7836 S. Union, Phone: 773.224.2273,·Contacts: Brandy Cole, Sharron Hannah

D. Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos H.S.
Address: 2739 W. Division, Phone: 773.342.8022,·Contact: Ruben Gerena, Matt Rodriguez

H. Innovations High School
Address: 17 N. State St., Suite 300, Phone: 312.999.9360,·Contact: Jennifer Adams, Marshea Wright

I. Joshua Johnston Fine Arts & Design (Prologue)
Address: 1551 W. 95th St., Phone: 773.341.2260,·Contacts: Amy Minor

J. Latino Youth H.S.
Address: 2001 S. California Ave, Phone: 773.507.2623,·Contacts: Sonia Rocha

L. Olive-Harvey Middle College
Address: 10001 S. Woodlawn, Lower Level, Phone: 773.291.6517,·Contacts: Benita Best

N. Prologue Early College (WEB DuBois)
Address: 1135 N. Cleaver, Phone: 773.935.9925,·Contacts: Monique Scott, Jay Yolich

O. Sullivan High School
Address: 8164 S. South Chicago, Phone: 773.978.0586,·Contacts: Derek Smith, Robin Johnson

P. West Town Academy
Address: 534 N Sacramento, Phone: 312.563.9044,·Contacts: Liliana Rosa, Tambra Pendleton, Andres Ortiz

Q. Westside Academy
Address: 4909 W. Division, Phone: 773.375.0529,·Contacts: TBD

R. Youth Connection Leadership Academy
Address: 3424 S. State St., Phone: TBD,·Contacts: TBD

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