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July 1, 2000

First Lady's Futures for Kids Program Expands Youth Mentoring

SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan and Secretary Linda Reneé Baker, Illinois Department of Human Services today announced an expansion of the Teen REACH program to add a summer youth mentoring component.

"The goals of reducing substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency and gang involvement are equally important to pursue during the summer months when youth have substantial amounts of free time on their hands," Mrs. Ryan said. "These additional funds will allow the peer mentoring component of the Teen REACH after-school program to expand their hours of operation during the summer months."

Teen REACH is a component of the First Lady's Futures for Kids program and is administered by the Department of Human Services throughout the State to provide after-school programs for high-risk youth between the six years and 17 years old. In addition to mentoring, Teen REACH provides academic assistance, recreation and cultural activities, life-skill education, and events that strengthen the parent and child bonds and community involvement with young people.

"Illinois is unique in its efforts to implement such a comprehensive out-of-school program, explained Baker. " We have had an overwhelming interest in this program from a diverse group of organizations across the State, including many non-traditional human services grantees."

Supplemental funding will be distributed to 50 Teen REACH sites to operate the summer peer mentoring projects. The expanded scope of the programs is consistent with Mrs. Ryan's Futures for Kids emphasis on starting prevention and intervention activities early and to increase the overall effectiveness of public and private programs for children.

In his first month in office, Governor and Mrs. Ryan launched Futures for Kids, an umbrella for prevention and early intervention programs designed to increase success in school, reduce youth substance abuse and juvenile delinquency. Futures for Kids focuses on four key components: early intervention programs for children ages birth to ten; family and community involvement programs; school success and safe neighborhoods.

Mrs. Ryan chairs the Futures for Kids Advisory Panel consisting of leaders from business, government, education, research and children's advocacy groups. The following is a list of Teen REACH programs that received the supplemental funding grants.


ABJ Community Services, Inc.
1507 E. 53rd Street PMB 336
Chicago, IL 60615
Association House of Chicago
1116 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60647
Austin Peoples Action Center
5125 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Club
(Boys and Girls Club of Elgin)
820 N. Orleans
Chicago, IL
CEDA (Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.
208 S. LaSalle, Ste. 1900
Chicago, IL 60604
Center for Children's Services
(Vermillion County Teen REACH)
702 N. Logan
Danville, IL 61832
1445 E. 65th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Chicago Commons
915 N. Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-5330 Ext. 19
Chicago Department of Health
333 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60604
Chicago Fellowship of Friends
515 W. Oak
Chicago, IL 60610
Chicago Urban League
4510 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653-3898
Children's Home Association of Illinois
2130 North Knoxville
Peoria, IL 61603
Clay County Health Department
601 E. 12th St.
Flora, IL 62839
Delta Center, Inc.
1001 Washington Ave.
Cairo, IL 62914
Englewood Tech-Prep Academy
Chicago Public Schools
6201 South Stewart Ave.
Chicago, IL 60621
Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church
7101 South Union
Chicago, IL 60621
Grundy-Kendall Regional Office of Education
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL 60450
Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.
2755 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL 60647
Heritage Behavioral Health Center Inc.
P.O. Box 701
Decatur, IL 62521
217-362-6262 ext. 4701
Holy Cross/IHM Parish
4541 S. Wood
Chicago, IL 60609
Homework Hangout Club
P.O. Box 25212
Decatur, IL 62525-5212
217-872-2307 ext. 371
Howard Area Community Center
7648 N. Pauling
Chicago, IL 60626
Jacksonville YMCA/Sherwood Eddy Memorial YMCA
1000 Sherwood Lane
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Latino Youth, Inc.
2200 S. Marshall Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60623
773-277-0400 ext. 227
Marillac Social Center
212 S. Francisco
Chicago, IL 60612
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Inc.
630 Martin Luther King Drive
Rock Island, IL 61201
Metropolitan Family Services
3843 W. 63rd St.
Chicago, IL 60629
MG & G Human Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 1013, 601 Monroe Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Pilgrim Church
3300 S. Indiana
Chicago, IL 60630
Pilsen YMCA
1608 W. 21st. Place
Chicago, IL 60608
Shawnee Health Service (Adolescent Health Center)
6325 Brandhorst Dr.
Carterville, IL 62918
Shawnee Community College
206 W. 5th
Metropolis, IL 62960
Springfield Community Federation
208 W. Cook Street
Springfield, IL 62703
South Central Community Services, Inc.
8316 S. Ellis
Chicago, IL 60619
Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers, Inc.
Olney, IL 62450
618-395-4309 Ext. 254
Southern Illinois University/Touch of Nature Environmental Center
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901
Southwest Youth Collaborative
6400 South Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60629
773-476-3534 ext. 24
Sullivan House
7305 S. Clyde
Chicago, IL 60649
Sycamore School District
245 W. Exchange
Sycamore, IL 60178
Tazewell County Health Dept.
21306 Il. Route 9
Tremont, IL 61568
The Pastors Network
3300 W. 159th St.
Markham, IL 60426
Tri-Village Family Day Care Association
1236 S. 16th Ave.
Maywood, IL
Twinbrook Family YMCA
300 W. Wise Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60193
Union Avenue Community Outreach
4365 S. Union Avenue
Chicago, IL 60609
Union Baptist Church
1405 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62703
Vietnamese Association of IL.
5252 N. Broadway #2
Chicago, IL 60640
Westside Community Services Organization
325 So. California
Chicago, IL 60612
YWCA of Elgin
220 E. Chicago
Elgin, IL 60120


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