Our 2020 Inclusion Project

To commemorate Martin Luther King Day 2020, students from Youth Crossroads and Morton West High School are teaming up to create “The 2020 Inclusion Project,” a mural celebrating Berwyn’s cultural vibrancy. This project is made possible through the generous support of BMO Harris Bank. The mural, which will be installed on the new Youth Crossroads …

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Youth Crossroads is there to help young people heal, feel connected, and be inspired to reach their fullest potential.

“I was outraged by these people! I did not want the school, the government, involved in my business!” That was Sandra R.’s first reaction when she learned that her daughter Jinnah, a student at Morton West High School, was starting school-based counseling services with Youth Crossroads. Then a sophomore, Jinnah began to suffer from severe anxiety …

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Mural Update

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new mural in the underpass at Oak Park Avenue & 30th Street in Berwyn took place on October 3. Check out this moving story. “Before Diego Andrade joined Youth Crossroads last summer, he mostly kept to himself. He was an introvert, a shy, ‘quiet kid’ who was unaware of …

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Teen Leaders Transform Berwyn’s 8th Ward Fire Hydrants

Berwyn’s 8th Ward Alderman Nora Laureto conducted a unique beautification project along the Roosevelt Road business corridor this past week involving 25 teen volunteers from Youth Crossroads and resident adult artists from the Berwyn Arts Initiative; Music (BAM) organization. About ten fire hydrants along Roosevelt Road between Wenonah and East Avenues were transformed with paint …

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Congratulations!

Michelle Desideri, Director of Counseling Services, just celebrated her 22nd anniversary working with local youth at Youth Crossroads! Her well-honed skills as a counselor, trainer, staff and intern mentor have served her well in changing young lives for the better. Thank you, Michelle!

Training Police To Handle Trauma

“A veteran police officer in Cicero, Illinois, is quick with an answer when the therapist asks him: “What’s the worst thing you’ve witnessed on the job?”Instantly, it’s 2010, an icy Valentine’s Day, and Officer Joseph Melone is staring in horror as flames engulf a three-story house. Melone is an arson specialist, and when the fire …

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Valuable Partnership

Youth Crossroads Inc. thrives on partnerships. A great example of this is the recent collaboration between our Youth Leadership Program (YLP) and Hope Houses Workshop here in Berwyn. Development of a new line of vintage wooden toys sparked an idea– why not invite the YLP teens to build toys for the Head Start children of Hephzibah Children’s Association of …

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Take 1 – Action!

Social Media Team Creates Film Documentary After a year of planning, conducting surveys, interviewing, filming, and editing, the Youth Leadership Program Social Media Project crew proudly premiered its first documentary film entitled “Finding Our Way, The Struggle with Anxiety and Depression in Urban Youth” on August 26, 2016, at Liberty Center in Berwyn. Realizing the effects of being bombarded by social …

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