Project Safer Youth

Safer Foundation has expanded its work with court-involved youth by instituting a new Cook County program that began June 18, 2012.

Project Safer Youth is an out-of-school program for youth between the ages of 15 to 17, who are living on the west side of Chicago and who are involved with the Cook County Juvenile Justice System. This project is a new venture for Safer Foundation and is designed to provide these youth with opportunities to participate in activities during out-of-school hours that will keep them:

  • Positively engaged.
  • On a track to self-sufficiency through added educational resources and career-oriented activities.
  • Safe, while providing the tools they need to help them choose to reject gang involvement and other illegal unsafe activities.

While the program works primarily with youth who are still in school, there are limited slots for out-of-school youth as well.

Project Safer Youth is composed of four primary program components:

1. Academic Enrichment, an inclusive model that provides individualized learning plans to allow youth to address their personal academic needs through the use of Safer’s innovative peer-teaching model and one-on-one tutoring.

2. Job Readiness and Career Exploration, which prepares youth for the world of work and provides opportunities for the exploration of a variety of career choices. Utilizing Safer Foundation’s Job Readiness Curriculum, field trips to places of employment, guest speakers, and a host of other related activities, youth will have increased insight into the world of work from the prospective of a variety of highly trained professionals.

3. Life Skills Training, that addresses an array of topics that are frequent barriers to the growth and positive development of youth and include:

  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Peer Pressure
  • Social Demeanor and Behavior
  • Financial Literacy
  • Health Fitness and Nutrition
  • Family Relationships and Parenting
  • Expungement of Criminal Records and others.

Youth will also participate in community volunteer opportunities that provide a venue in which to demonstrate life skills attainment while giving back to the community.

    4. Recreation, Cultural, and Artistic Activities, that are incentives for successful participation in the other program components, and provide opportunities to experience new places and activities. Using field trips to sporting events, museums, historical sites, music studios, restaurants, theatres, government and civic organizations, and other interesting sites in Chicago, youth will be able to experience life outside of their own communities, practice their social skills, and expand their world view.

    Project Safer Youth is located at Safer’s 808 S. Kedzie site.
    Hours of operation:

    • 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Monday –Saturday, during the summer and on designated out-of-school days during the school year.
    • 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on regular school days, Monday- Friday
    • 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday.

    For more information, call 773-533-3091 or 773-265-7628.

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