Youth Guidance sees a bright and successful future for every elementary and high school student.  Because we believe that success in school is not only possible but should be achieved and celebrated, we are present in the schools to facilitate an environment that truly engages students in the learning process, and through careful guidance, enables them to realize their full potential and graduate with a meaningful plan for successfully managing life.


Becoming a Man

Now in its 22nd year, the BAM program serves more than 8,000 youth in 140 schools.

Working on Womanhood™ (WOW)

Now in its 12th year, WOW serves more than 2,600 youth in 41 schools.

Career Readiness and Success

Career Readiness and Success programs at Youth Guidance empower youth from under–resourced communities to develop the key life skills they need to connect to meaningful opportunities aligned with their interests and passion.

Community and Afterschool Programming

Community schools are the center around which the community revolves. In the community school model, public schools,

Parent & Family Engagement

Parents who are actively engaged in the educational process have the power to help improve school outcomes.

School-Based Counseling

Research suggests that schools may function as the de facto mental health system for children and adolescents.

Extended Day & Enrichments

Across Chicago, parents are in need of safe, engaging options for their children at the end of the traditional school day.

Project STRIVE

STRIVE works to meet these core needs by promoting the well-being of youth in care through structured counseling and well-rounded supports.


Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs and capacity-building initiatives, directly serving about 15,000 youth while touching the lives of hundreds more parents, schools and local communities.


Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, to succeed in school and in life.


Youth Guidance sees a bright and successful future for every elementary and high school student. We meet kids where they are.


Founded in 1924 as the Church Mission of Help, Youth Guidance was originally formed to assist girls in need of shelter, clothing, medical care, financial help, legal assistance, and educational/vocational opportunities.