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Our corporate mission is to inspire, equip, and empower urban youth to develop Godly character, to reach their full potential, and to transform lives and communities on the Westside of Chicago.
Since 1974, Circle Urban Ministries has worked to combat poverty, improve the educational, social, and vocational opportunities for at-risk youth, and help stabilize low-income families by providing a variety of quality social services and community development to our neighbors in Chicago’s Austin community. Our 5-building campus now houses the expertise of 5 of our strategic partners from the community. We are excited to see what the future holds.
Circle Urban Ministries currently offers a comprehensive Youth Development Program we call Circle4Success. This program is comprised of our After School Enrichment Program for K-8th grade, a one-to-one Mentoring Program for grades 4th-12th, and a College Readiness Program for grades 7th-12th. Our Youth Development Programs focus exclusively on maximizing the unique academic, social, emotional, critical-thinking, creative, problem-solving, and spiritual character of each student. We look to develop long-term relationships with our students and families as we guide each student towards their outstanding destiny.
Circle Urban Ministries has identified thirteen essential building blocks to successful youth development: (1) level-appropriate academic supplementation, (2) encouragement and inspiration, (3) a safe environment, (4) consistent and caring guidance from adult role models, (5) opportunities for student and parent input, (6) outlets for creativity, (7) age-appropriate structure and accountability, (8) problem-solving opportunities, (9) variety, (10) positive, student-directed behavior modification techniques, (11) service opportunities, (12) parental involvement, and (13) individual and corporate goal-setting.
Students flourish because they are in a safe, structured, and nurturing environments where the approach is to engage the students from the perspective of who they will become rather than by the limiting parameters offered by their circumstances.
- Kenneth Woods
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