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Newsletter – November 2020

News And Views


Did you know that each month, Youth Crossroads impacts over 1,400 youth and families through a wide range of services and activities? From on-line counseling, to after-school arts and crafts, to distribution of over 20,000 pounds of food to local families, YC works hard to meet the challenges of these times.

We are deeply grateful to all our supporters who make our services possible. The Healthy Communities Foundation, United Way of Metro Chicago and The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation are among those community partners that have provided exceptional additional support to help Youth Crossroads weather the Covid-19 pandemic.

As we continue through the winter months ahead, let’s all be aware of and grateful for the joy and love in our lives. We wish you all a healthy, peaceful holiday season!

Dave Terrazino, Executive Director

Counseling & Support Services

In The News

Youth Crossroads Mentioned in Morton East HS News

Pony Express News

This is a sober reality that many kids are facing. Thank you to everyone who is working hard to build relationships and support kids through this difficult time. 

Analysis: Is the Pandemic an Adverse Childhood Experience?

Taking Care Of You & Those You Love

Maybe some of these will help while stuck inside the house:

Black Lives Matter

As Youth Crossroads dives deeper into the effects of racism and racial trauma on young people of color’s social and emotional development, we keep listening, learning and sharing with the community. Our hope is to enhance all of our understanding by providing informative articles in various disciplines. Here are this month’s selections:

Youth Development Program

What We’ve Been Up To

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”- Muhammad Ali

Each week the Youth Leadership Program teens (YLP) have been showing up in the cold and – due to the time change – dark to hand out and assemble our take-home kits to the community. Great job YLP! We appreciate all your hard work this month. – Briani Shorter, YLP Coordinator

Dia de los Muertos Community Health and Resource Fair

On November 2, we hosted an outdoor, socially distanced “Dia de los Muertos Community Health and Resource Fair.” Our partners at Meridian Health, the Children’s Center of Cicero and Berwyn, Morton College Early Childhood programs, and Cicero Family Services passed out information on programs and resources available to families. Jewel Osco pharmacy provided free flue vaccines to all those attending.

In honor of Dia de los Muertos, one of our Board of Directors created a small ofrenda (offering) and the high school students from our Youth Leadership Program passed out over 150 Dia de los Muertos themed take-home activity kits. 

Cicero Community Collaborative (CCC)

In Local News

Youth Crossroads is partnering with the Hispanic Business Network to “adopt” 50 families for the holiday season. Families will receive toys, clothing and shoes.  

Register/apply using this link. We’ll follow up by phone for additional information (clothing size, family situation, etc.).

Sign Up Here

Read about United Way’s Important Impact in the Area

For information on CCC activities and how to get involved, contact Silvia Perez at 708.484.7400 or Visit our Facebook page at

The Cicero Community Collaborative (CCC), with funding from the United Way of Metro Chicago, organizes local resources to improve conditions for Cicero children, youth and families. Youth Crossroads serves as fiscal agent for the collaborative, with several staff members serving in leadership roles. The goal of the CCC is to help 10,000 children achieve academic and developmental milestones by 2027. CCC has a 3-year plan to achieve this.

Contributors’ Corner

We Couldn’t Do This Meaningful Work Without Your Support

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Select what you’d like to donate from the Counseling, Youth Development and Office Supplies Lists. You pay nothing extra, and Smile.Amazon ships directly to us. It’s easy! Thanks for helping improve our programs.

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