What’s Up with Manhood Graduates Celebrate Success!

Faced with increased violence in Little Village, our approach emphasizes “there’s more to being a man”

Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19 and remote learning over the last seventeen months, a unique violence prevention program for teen boys saw 98% of its seniors graduate from high school in 2020 and 2021. Options for Youth’s “What’s Up with Manhood?” program works with teen boys in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood to prevent high school dropout and to reduce the impact of violence in their young lives.

A total of 45 senior participants in the What’s Up program at World Language High School in Little Village graduated in 2020 and 2021 during the ongoing pandemic, with 100% accepted into college or trade school. A majority of the graduates had been with the program since their freshman year of high school. Read the full press release here.

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