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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