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The WYCC shall exist in order to conduct: mentorship for youth, job placement, training and referral services, food distribution and human services, and other youth oriented programs that promote character, self reliance, and increased self-efficacy among the youth and residents of East and West Garfield, and Austin Communities. We empower young people and Westside residents through culturally enriched programming to become self-sufficient and contributors to society
Through the various Initiatives of the Westside Youth Council Committee we strive to build stronger communities. With resources like the Sam & Lessie Mae Initiative becoming a more active model within vulnerable communities ,like that of the Westside of Chicago, clients will consistently work with case management professionals to make the much needed changes to their lives. Having such an impact within the community will not only affect the adults, but also the disenfranchised youth these communities house. With housed parents come, housed children. With families and homes equipped with emotional, physical, and educational necessities, come children nourished with possibilities and prepared to meet life. With empowered parents come empowered children, and stronger communities. Having a resource that strengthens communities helps vulnerable children to succeed. This is the overall vision of the WYCC.The community area which WYCC serves is plagued with juvenile crime, substance abusers, and chronic poverty. Many of these residents are in search of a plan to their lives that have become difficult to manage.
Faced with these circumstances, ever-decreasing government funds and shrinking support services and programs for this community, many would view this picture as futile. But, WYCC sees this picture as an opportunity to produce efficient resources and programs, which will significantly alter the needs of residents in this neighborhood
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