OPTIONS FOR YOUTH
Options for Youth supports vulnerable adolescents in the Chicago area and helps them create positive options for their futures. Starting Spring 2018, we have started a new partnership with OFY.
As OFY mission states, they seek to"expand opportunities for underserved youth by developing programs that build upon the strengths and maximize the potential of each young person. Through intense education, ongoing individual support, and employment in community outreach, plus a long-term commitment to each young person, OFY is changing life trajectories of at-risk youth."OFY focuses on improving opportunities for vulnerable teen mothers and teenage boys in in underserved and dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago.
Their programs range from Subsequent Pregnancy Program, Options Program for school readiness, and What’s Up with Manhood, helping young men growing up in Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods think critically about “what it means to be a man” in their community.
Development Initiative Network (DIN) Malawi, our global partner since Fall 2017, was founded in February 2012 to respond to the needs of the Chikwawa and Nsanje communities in the southern region of Malawi. DIN Malawi's mission is to alleviate poverty and create lasting change in vulnerable communities, and their vision is a society with equal opportunities for all. To achieve these broader goals, DIN has a number of smaller projects and initiatives relevant to the needs of the community members they serve. These include: implementing sustainable farming techniques tailored to the changing climate, improving childhood education, combating HIV and AIDS, and stopping childhood marriage.