Options for Youth supports vulnerable adolescents in Chicago and helps them create positive options for their futures.


Options for Youth’s mission is to expand opportunities for adolescents in underserved neighborhoods through programs that build upon the strengths and maximize the potential of each young person and help to break the cycle of poverty in their lives and communities. 

Supporting Chicago’s Vulnerable Youth

Through three intense programs, Options for Youth focuses on helping first-time adolescent mothers and adolescent male students make healthy lifestyle choices, become self-sufficient, and maximize their potential.



The Subsequent Pregnancy Program helps first-time adolescent mothers graduate from high school and become self-sufficient before deciding to have another child.


The Options Program
promotes high school graduation of parenting students and ensures kindergarten readiness of their children.


What’s Up with Manhood? helps young men growing up in Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods think critically about “what it means to be a man” in their community.


Babies born to adolescent parents are often the most vulnerable, at risk for social and developmental delays. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are trying to support these families, who are in need of diapers, formula, baby books to read, and groceries. Please help these young families.