Counseling & Prevention
Too many young people in Chicago don’t have the tools or support they need to thrive. The struggles our young people face outside of the classroom—adjusting to a new school environment, improving behavior and interpersonal relations, coping with grief or loss, handling environmental trauma and stress, and regulating their emotions—directly impact their ability to focus and learn in school. They are more likely to fall behind, act out in class or drop out. It can be difficult, if not impossible, for them to see a path to success.
Youth Guidance’s Counseling and Prevention programs help youth traverse difficult terrain. We teach young men and women to make positive choices, and help them deal with their unique social and emotional struggles while staying engaged in school. We give youth the tools to succeed through life-enhancing, trauma-informed programs and character-development experiences. Our staff work within schools to identify youth in need of counseling services and support. We then team with students, teachers, principals and parents to create actionable plans that result in a brighter and more certain future.