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July 29, 2002

First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Announces Expansion of Teen REACH Program

SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) will provide nearly $20 million in Fiscal Year 2003 for the Teen REACH after-school program. Teen REACH serves youth in low-income communities.

"Young people need a safe place to go after school," said Mrs. Ryan, whose Futures for Kids initiative coordinates the state's youth prevention programs. "The Teen REACH program provides alternatives to drugs and gangs and gives young people the opportunity to succeed in school and as adults."

Teen REACH stands for Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope. The program, which began in 1998, is aimed at preventing teen pregnancy, alcohol and other drug use and teen violence. Last year, Teen REACH served more than 50,000 children throughout the state.

"Teen REACH is effective in helping youth stay on the right track," said DHS Secretary Linda Reneé Baker. "These grants will provide funding for existing successful Teen REACH programs and enable more communities to develop quality after-school programs.”

The number of funded Teen REACH programs now totals 109. In addition, the Illinois Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs received $5 million to continue to provide Teen REACH services through an additional 56 Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the state. Although the appropriation for Teen REACH remained the same from FY2002, the number of agencies that were funded rose from 83 to 109, allowing services to be expanded into previously uncovered areas.

More than two out of three school-age children are in households where both parents, or the only parent, is in the workforce. In Illinois that translates to more than 1.4 million children, many of whom are left unsupervised in the hours after school. Studies have shown that risky behaviors and juvenile crime increase significantly between the hours of 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Since taking office and initiating Futures for Kids in 1999, Governor Ryan has increased funding for Teen REACH by more than $11 million--a 141% boost in funding that enabled more than 100 communities throughout the state to establish programs that help young people make their after-school hours positive and rewarding.

Illinois is one of the few states in the country to address these issues by implementing such a comprehensive after-school program, and also is one of the first to look at the effectiveness of after-school programs. The Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana will continue to work with DHS to evaluate the program. Past evaluations have shown that the more involved a young person is in a Teen REACH Program, the better their problem-solving skills, the more positive their self concept, and the stronger their connections to peers and caring adults in their communities.

The general goal of Teen REACH is to increase academic success while reducing risk-taking behaviors such as substance abuse, criminal activities and premature sexual behavior. The program seeks specifically to address the following five core elements:

  • Improving academic performance, which encompasses time to do homework, tutoring in basic skills and enrichment programs that encourage creativity.

  • Recreation, sports and activities that provide safe outlets for the participants to try new skills and interests, build friendships, find their place in a group and gain developmentally relevant experiences.

  • Positive adult mentors, who allow opportunities for participants to develop and maintain positive, sustained relationships with adults through mentoring and other programs that emphasize one-on-one interactions.

  • Life skills education that provides abstinence education from a range of risky-behaviors, such as substance use, criminal involvement, violence and sexual activity.

  • Parental involvement so that parents and guardians have opportunities to meet with staff to discuss their children’s activities and to participate in events that strengthen parent/child bonds and community involvement.

Teen REACH Grants

Region 1
Organization City Amount
*Albany Park Community Center Chicago $160,000
*God Squad Chicago 160,000
*Metropolitan Family Services Chicago 160,000
*The Link and Option Center, Inc. Chicago 160,000
ABJ Community Services Chicago 150,000
Ada S. Mckinley Community Services Chicago 100,000
Albany Park Community Center Chicago 160,000
Alfred Campanelli YMCA Schaumburg 90,000
Alliance of Logan Square Organization Chicago 100,000
Archdiocese of Chicago Chicago 160,000
Association House of Chicago Chicago 70,000
Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center Chicago 75,000
Austin Peoples Action Center Chicago 100,000
Beatrice Caffrey Youth Services Chicago 150,000
BUILD, Inc. Chicago 100,000
Carole Robertson Center for Learning Chicago 150,000
Centers for New Horizons, Inc Chicago 75,000
Charisma Chicago 75,000
Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Chicago 100,000
Chicago Area Project Chicago 300,000
Chicago Commons Chicago 160,000
Chicago Fellowship of Friends Chicago 50,000
Chicago Metro Youth Council Chicago 100,000
Chicago Urban League Chicago 75,000
Chicago Youth Centers Chicago 150,000
Christ Ecumenical Center Chicago 75,000
Circle Family Care Chicago 100,000
CEDA Chicago 200,000
Erie Neighborhood House/Options Unlimited Chicago 100,000
FUTURE Foundation Youth Services Ford Heights 100,000
Good Hope Foundation Chicago 100,000
Habilitative Systems, Inc. Chicago 75,000
Healthcare Alternative Systems Chicago 150,000
Holy Cross/IHM Parish Chicago 97,000
Howard Area Community Center Chicago 100,000
Human Resources Development Inst. Chicago 75,000
Lakeside Community Committee Chicago 150,000
Latino Youth Chicago 150,000
Metropolitan Family Services Chicago 200,000
NCVI Chicago 75,000
New Hope Community Service Center Chicago 100,000
Pilgrim Baptist Church Chicago 100,000
South Central Community Services Chicago 150,000
Southwest Youth Collaborative Chicago 50,000
The Board of Trustees U of I Mile Square Chicago 75,000
The Institute for Family Development Chicago 50,000
The Women’s Resource Assistance Prgm. Harvey 75,000
Union Avenue Community Church Chicago 100,000
Universal Family Connections Chicago 100,000
Vernon Youth Development Program Chicago 50,000
Vietnamese Association of Illinois Chicago 100,000
Westside Health Authority Chicago 195,000
Westside Holistic Family Services Chicago 150,000
Willie Jordan Community Center Harvey 50,000
Youth Guidance Chicago 75,000
Youth Organizations Umbrella Evanston 100,000
Youth Outreach Services Chicago 200,000
Region 2
*Fox Valley Family YMCA Kendall County 158,620
*Sinnissippi Centers, Inc. (SCI) Whiteside County 160,000
Breaking Free Naperville 75,000
DuPage Youth Service Coalition Wheaton 200,000
Grundy-Kendall ROE Morris 80,000
Housing Authority of Joliet Joliet 200,000
I-KAN ROE Kankakee 200,000
Martin Luther King Community Services Freeport 100,000
McHenry County Mental Health Board Crystal Lake 68,000
NICASA Round Lake 100,000
Patriots Gateway Center Rockford 100,000
Sycamore CUSD Sycamore 150,000
West Chicago Police Department West Chicago 100,000
YWCA of Elgin Elgin 200,000
LSSI Nachusa Lutheran Home Nachusa 75,000
Region 3
*Children’s Home Association of IL Bureau County 156,972
Center for Children’s Services Danville 200,000
Chenoa CUSD #9 Chenoa 90,000
Chestnut Health Services Bloomington 80,000
Children’s Home Association of Illinois Peoria 200,000
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Rock Island 156,000
Mercer County HD Aledo 75,000
ROE #27 Monmouth 75,000
Tazewell County HD Tremont 200,000
Urban League of Champaign County Champaign 200,000
Urbana School District #116 Urbana 200,000
Region 4
*Cass County Health Department Cass County 120,000
Adams County HD Quincy 200,000
Christian/Montgomery ROE #10 Hillsboro 55,000
DeWitt County Human Resource Center Clinton 75,000
Edgar County Children’s Home Paris 75,000
Homework Hangout Decatur 150,000
MG & G Collaboratives Charleston 200,000
Macon County Mental Health Board Decatur 150,000
Sherwood Eddy Memorial YMCA Jacksonville 125,000
Springfield Community Federation Springfield 200,000
Old King’s Orchard Community Center Decatur 75,000
Region 5
*Hamilton-Jefferson Counties ROE Mt. Vernon 160,000
Clay County HD Flora 200,000
DEAC Anna 75,000
Delta Center Cairo 200,000
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House East St. Louis 200,000
Madison CUSD Madison 200,000
Murphysboro CUSD 186 Murphysboro 125,000
Perry County Counseling Center Du Quoin 50,000
Reaching for Kids and Youth Metropolis 125,000
Sesser-Valier School District #196 Sesser 100,000
Shawnee Health Service/Adolescent Health Carbondale 175,000
Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers Olney 200,000
St. Clair County Health Department Belleville 200,000
IL. Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Chicago $5,000,000
West Cook County
Chicago Heights
Chicago Heights
Daniel Cotter
Dr. King
Ford Heights
Ford Heights
Frazier Boys & Girls Club
Gen. Robert Wood
James Jordan
Little Village
Logan Square
Marshall Square
Robert Taylor
Stockton Boys & Girls Club
Cicero (2 sites)
Danville (2 sites)
Don Moyer (2 sites)
Dundee Township (2 sites)
George Werden
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (3 sites)
East St. Louis
Livingston County (2 sites)
Mississippi Valley
Prairie Central
Rockford (5 sites)
Springfield (2 sites)
Scott AFB
Scott AFB
Union League #1 (2 sites)
Union League #2
Lake County
  • Denotes FY2001 Continuation Grants

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