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Newsletter – January 2023

YC Counseling Staff Receive Peace Circle Training

Youth Crossroads’ clinical staff received training this month to run Peace Circles to help address violence in our community. The training, which was provided by the Gros Institute for Dialogue, Justice, and Social Action, focused on restorative justice practices that are designed to decrease crime and aggression by repairing relationships between people in communities. Peace Circles are rooted in indigenous practices that promote reflection, deep listening, shared values, and egalitarian relationships, which free participants to enter into storytelling and holistic healing. 

The 5 R’s of Restorative Justice – Relationship, Respect, Responsibility, Repair, Reintegration – help individuals of all ages communicate through tough issues to build connection and encourage value-based action. The training was led by KC Crino and Beka Flanagan from Lewis University and the Gros Institute. Thanks also go to Dr. Christine Billups who helped make the training possible.

Sign up for YC Parent Chats To Understand and Respond to the Complex Issues Facing Youth Today

There is no precedent for the myriad of academic, mental, and behavioral health issues that kids are facing today. Our Parent Chats include fostering positive self-esteem, positive discipline, anger management in the home, and more. Parent Chats take place on Thursdays, Feb. 23 – March 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at 6501 Stanley Ave.

To sign up use QR code or visit

Reva & David Logan Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant for Counseling

Youth Crossroads was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Reva & David Logan Foundation to support our community counseling program. Community counselors allow Youth Crossroads to serve youth and families in our community year-round regardless of what school they attend.

Grant from Bradley Fedorow Charitable Trust Supports General Operations

Youth Crossroads thanks the Bradley Fedorow Charitable Trust for a $3,500 grant to support our comprehensive youth services.

Lesser Franklin Charitable Trust Awards YC General Operations Grant

Thanks also go out to the Lesser Franklin Charitable Trust for providing YC with a $8,974 grant for our comprehensive youth services.

Free Developmental Screenings Offered for Children Under 3

The AOK/ECC Collaboration continues to host Developmental screenings for children under 3 years of age. Screenings are at no cost to the community and are beneficial for parents/ caregivers to ensure their child is meeting their developmental milestones according to their age.

To make an appointment, please scan QR code or contact Michelle Ramirez, Family Engagement Specialist at 708.484.7400 ext: 031

YC’s 2023 Annual Gala Set For April 21

Mark your calendars. Youth Crossroads 2023 Gala takes place on Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at Crystal Sky Banquets, 7941 47th Street in McCook. This year’s theme is “Roaring 20’s”.

Our annual awards gala is how we celebrate our extraordinary community of students, parents, funders, volunteers, interns, staff, and board. Join us for cocktails, dinner, dancing, live and silent auction, raffles, and award ceremony.

Visit for details.

Workforce Development Program Adds Classes for Nail Technician, Coding, and First Responders

Are you Interested in a career in coding, computer hardware, network engineering, website design, blender and GIMP? Or what about a career as a nail technician or exploring Nail Art like Ombre, Poly, Foil, Blooming Gel? Join YC’s Workforce Development Program and get the training you need to build a meaningful career. Classes start in February.


Sign up today!

Join a Dynamic Team of Behavioral and Mental Health Specialists at YC

Youth Crossroads is seeking mental health counselors to provide community-based services in Chicago’s near west suburbs.

We have an amazing team of professionals doing vital work to provide in-school counseling, community counseling, and crisis intervention for an extraordinary community of youth and families in our community.

Be on the cutting edge of trauma-informed care today.

For details, visit