After having had one of the most awesome and successful summers in the history of YSP, we are now in full force and full fall mode. This edition brings you reports from staff and youth a like involved in exciting and innovative summer programming activities serving over 120 youth from the greater Humboldt Park and beyond. We thank our numerous partners with whom we placed talented youth to work, learn, and enhance their skills. The art muralists completed the mural project started last year and we anticipate unveiling this coming spring 2014. Moving on to the fall season, and having completed the design of the strategic plan, we move on to the implementation phase. Concurrently, we prepare ourselves for the capital renovation process for which we have been yearning for years. Focused primarily on the program space in the first floor, the work aims at a full overhaul of a space we haven’t been able to use for years as it fell in disrepair. When finished next spring, the space will be a multi-use haven for youth to create, learn, grow, and be safe. This undertaking would not have taken place without the help of State Senator William Delgado, whose support of YSP throughout the years has been unwavering, and whose passion for social justice is unyielding. We also recently held our first YSP’s Donor’s Appreciation Reception to thank all of those individuals and companies who have throughout the years invested in our work and in our youth through their donations and financial support. (Visit our website for a full list of supporters.) Finally, we have increased our work with re-entry youth specifically in the areas of education, mentoring, and work force development; as well, we provide youth development services from neighboring elementary, middle and high schools. Achieving outcomes and serving the community requires great staff and volunteers, both of which YSP has plenty. To all of them I say THANKS!
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