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 Prevention Initiative Home Visitors 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.