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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich announces $20.5 Million for Teen REACH after school grants
Successful after school program offers high-risk youth safe and positive alternative activities

SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois students begin to go back to school, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced $20.5 million in grants for Teen REACH after school programs for Illinois youth.  Established by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) in 1998, Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope) offers positive services and activities for youth between the ages of 6 and 17 during non-school hours.  One-hundred twenty-two community-based organizations throughout the state will receive the funding for fiscal year 2006.
 
“We know that kids are most likely to get in trouble after school when they aren't under the supervision of a parent or responsible adult.  That's why it's important that we give young people a safe place to be when school is out and their parents are working,” said Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  “The Teen REACH program has been successful in giving thousands of youth safe and educational after school alternatives that have helped them stay on the right track in school and in life.”  
 
Teen REACH services include:  improving academic performance; life skills education; parental and community involvement; recreation, sports, cultural and artistic activities; and positive adult mentors.  
 
“More than one million school-age children in Illinois live in families where the sole parent or both parents work,” said IDHS Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D.  “The hours from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. can be the toughest hours during the day for many of our youth. During these hours after school, many children are left alone because their parents or guardians are working outside the home.”
 
Mounting evidence shows that how children occupy their time during non-school hours is directly related to their ability to achieve in school and contribute to society.  A number of studies have found that children who attend quality after-school programs have better peer relations, emotional adjustment, school grades and conduct than their peers who are unsupervised after school (Posner & Vandell, 1994; Baker and Witt, 1995).
 
“It’s important for Teen REACH programs to fit the needs of their individual communities,” Adams said.  “So new this year are Teen REACH 'Focus' grants that support highly focused initiatives such as music production, gender specific programming or worldview programming.”
 
“There are over 40 active street gangs in Humboldt Park making life unbearable for many families. Recruitment is a daily activity for them and there is a great need to keep our youth away from the dangers of gangs, violence, and drugs. Parents need to know that their children are safe at all times,” said Freddy Calixto, of BUILD Inc. in Chicago. "The BUILD’s Teen REACH program in Humboldt Park not only provides a safe environment for the youth when they are out of school, it provides academic assistance to ensure educational success of all program participants as well as life skills and recreational activities that that teach our youth to be successful in school, work and play.”
 
Following is a list of the Teen REACH grants for FY 06. 
 
 
Agency Name
City
Amount
A Knock At Midnight, NFP
Chicago
$70,000.00
ABJ Center of the Arts
Chicago
$120,000.00
ABJ Community Services
Chicago
$147,000.00
Abraham Lincoln Centre
Chicago
$96,000.00
Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
Chicago
$98,000.00
Adams County Health Department
Quincy
$200,000.00
Albany Park Community Center
Chicago
$156,800.00
Alfred Campanelli YMCA
Schaumburg
$88,200.00
Alliance of Logan Square Organizations
Chicago
$98,000.00
Alternatives, Inc.
Chicago
$46,484.00
Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago
$156,800.00
Asian Human Services, Inc.
Chicago
$78,400.00
Association House of Chicago
Chicago
$68,600.00
Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center
Chicago Heights
$146,000.00
Austin Peoples Action Center
Chicago
$98,000.00
Beatrice Caffrey Youth Services, Inc.
Chicago
$147,000.00
Better Boys Foundation
Chicago
$89,000.00
BUILD, Inc.
Chicago
$152,000.00
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Chicago
$147,000.00
Cass County Health Department
Virginia
$186,000.00
Center for Family Services
Aurora
$100,000.00
Centers for New Horizons, Inc
Chicago
$73,500.00
Charisma Program, Inc.
Chicago
$146,000.00
Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center
Chicago
$98,000.00
Chicago Area Project
Chicago
$289,897.00
Chicago Commons
Chicago
$156,800.00
Chicago Urban League
Chicago
$99,840.00
Chicago Youth Centers
Chicago
$187,000.00
Chicago Youth Programs Inc.
Chicago
$62,636.00
Children's Home & Aid Society Of Illinois
Chicago
$110,000.00
Chinese American Service League
Chicago
$121,000.00
Christ Ecumenical Center
Chicago Heights
$73,500.00
Circle Family Care
Chicago
$98,000.00
Clay County Health Department
Flora
$200,000.00
Coordinated Youth and Human Services
Granite City
$160,000.00
Delta Center Inc.
Cairo
$196,000.00
DeWitt County Human Resource Center
Clinton
$79,507.00
Downstate Educational Assistance Corporation
Anna
$73,500.00
DuPage County Area Project
Glendale Heights
$96,000.00
DuPage Youth Services Coalition, Inc.
Wheaton
$196,114.00
Egyptian Health Department
Eldorado
$78,400.00
Erie Neighborhood House
Chicago
$136,000.00
F.U.T.U.R.E. Foundation Youth Services, Inc.
Ford Heights
$98,000.00
Family Focus Aurora
Aurora
$120,000.00
Gads Hill Center
Chicago
$100,000.00
Girl Scouts of Chicago
Chicago
$100,000.00
Good Hope NFP
Chicago
$125,000.00
Grundy Kendall Regional Office of Education
Morris
$78,400.00
Habilitative Systems, Inc.
Chicago
$73,500.00
Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc. (HAS)
Chicago
$150,000.00
Holy Cross - Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
Chicago
$130,000.00
Homework Hangout Club, Inc.
Decatur
$150,000.00
Housing Authority of Joliet
Joliet
$196,000.00
Howard Area Community Center
Chicago
$136,000.00
Human Resources Development Institute, Inc.
Chicago
$73,500.00
I-KAN Regional Office of Education
Kankakee
$200,000.00
Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Club
Schaumburg
$4,500,000.00
Kids Hope United - Hudelson Region
Charleston
$73,500.00
Knox County YMCA
Galesburg
$70,319.00
Lakeside Community Committee
Chicago
$147,000.00
Latino Youth, Inc.
Chicago
$147,000.00
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
East St. Louis
$196,000.00
Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Chicago
$97,000.00
M.G. & G. Collaborative, Inc.
Charleston
$196,000.00
Macon County Mental Health Board
Decatur
$220,500.00
Madison CUSD #12
Madison
$196,000.00
Marcy Newberry Association
Chicago
$73,500.00
Martin L. King Community Services, Inc.
Freeport
$98,000.00
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Inc. ( Rock Island)
Rock Island
$156,000.00
McHenry County Mental Health Board
Crystal Lake
$100,000.00
Mercer County Health Department
Aledo
$73,500.00
Metropolitan Family Services
Chicago
$343,000.00
National Center for Violence Interruption (NCVI)
Chicago
$73,500.00
New Hope Community Service Center
Chicago
$115,000.00
Nicasa
Round Lake
$100,000.00
Patriots' Community Center Rockford Teen REACH
Rockford
$98,000.00
Perry County Counseling Center
DuQuoin
$49,000.00
Prairie Central Community Unit School District #8
Forrest
$88,200.00
Project Success of Vermilion County, Inc.
Danville
$240,000.00
Proviso/Leyden Council for Community Action Inc. (PLECCA)
Maywood
$196,000.00
Reaching for Kids and Youth of Massac County Inc.
Metropolis
$190,000.00
Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chicago
$49,000.00
Regional Office of Education #46
Jacksonville
$122,500.00
Sesser-Valier Community Unit District #196
Sesser
$98,000.00
Shawnee Health Services dba Adolescent Health Center
Carbondale
$163,800.00
Sinnissippi Centers, Inc.
Dixon
$93,600.00
South Central Community Services, Inc
Chicago
$147,000.00
South Fork School District #14
Kincaid
$82,000.00
Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers, Inc.
Olney
$196,000.00
Southwest Youth Collaborative
Chicago
$156,800.00
Springfield Urban League, Inc.
Springfield
$196,000.00
St. Clair County Health Department
Belleville
$196,000.00
Sullivan House, Inc.
Chicago
$91,000.00
Sycamore CUSD #427
Sycamore
$147,000.00
Tazewell County Health Department
Tremont
$210,000.00
The Children's Home Association of Illinois
Peoria
$200,000.00
The Harold Colbert Jones Memorial Community Center
Chicago Heights
$96,000.00
The Harvey Community Center
Harvey
$98,000.00
The Link & Option Center, Inc.
Markham
$138,000.00
The Miracle Center
Chicago
$88,000.00
The Success Center
Lansing
$97,000.00
The Support Group Inc.
Chicago
$130,000.00
The Women's Resource Assistance Program
Harvey
$100,000.00
UCAN Uhlich Children's Advantage Network
Chicago
$57,500.00
Union Avenue Community Outreach
Chicago
$98,000.00
United Neighborhood Organization
Chicago
$145,000.00
Universal Family Connection, Inc.
Chicago
$98,000.00
Urban League of Champaign County
Champaign
$196,000.00
Urbana School District #116
Urbana
$200,000.00
Vietnamese Association of Illinois
Chicago
$98,000.00
West Chicago Police Department
West Chicago
$100,000.00
Westside Health Authority
Chicago
$200,000.00
Westside Holistic Family Services, Inc.
Chicago
$147,000.00
Westside Youth Technical Entrepreneur Center
Chicago
$61,250.00
Willie L. Jordan, Community Service Center
Harvey
$49,000.00
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago
$253,000.00
YMCA of Rock River Valley
Rockford
$200,000.00
Youth Guidance
Chicago
$165,000.00
Youth Organizations Umbrella
Evanston
$190,000.00
Youth Outreach Services
Chicago
$285,670.00
Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley
Ottawa
$63,000.00
YWCA Elgin
Elgin
$182,000.00
Total                                                                                                          $20.5 million


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