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

What’s Up with Manhood?

Options for Youth joins with Promundo, a global leader in gender justice and violence prevention, to scale-up an effective peer advocates for health program for adolescent males in Chicago. “What’s Up with Manhood?” incorporates a gender transformative curriculum that helps young men growing up in some of Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods think critically about “what it means to be a man” in their community.” Read more.

Supporting Chicago’s Vulnerable Youth

Through three intense programs, Options for Youth focuses on helping first-time adolescent mothers and adolescent male students become self-sufficient, make healthy lifestyle choices 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 Peer Advocates for Health program trains adolescent male students to make healthy lifestyle choices and become peer advocates for male health.



Based within designated schools, the Options Program drives high school graduation of parenting students and ensures school readiness for their children.

Our funding partners provide critical financial support for programs designed to serve Chicago’s adolescent community. You can also play a part in helping Options for Youth assist more teens and their children.



Fewer Dropouts

95% of young mothers who have participated in the Subsequent Pregnancy Program have remained in or graduated from high school.

Fewer Second Pregnancies

Only 3% of young mothers in the Subsequent Pregnancy Program have gotten pregnant a second time while participating in SPP.

More Impact

Peer Advocates reach nearly 300 youth each year through formal presentations at local middle schools, health fairs and an after school drop-in center for young men.

More Degrees

90% of seniors participating in the Options Program receive their high school diplomas.