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Award will support organization’s work in positive youth development field

CHICAGO, IL – Youth Guidance has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Thrive Foundation for Youth to support the agency’s mission of helping underserved youth ages 10-18 reach their full potential.  Youth Guidance was selected, along with seven other youth-serving organizations from around the U.S., based on its proven track record of directly impacting youth in the communities it serves. The two-year, unrestricted grant will support the agency’s work in the field of positive youth development.

Established in 1924, Youth Guidance has an extensive history of serving inner-city areas where the challenges of community violence and academic failure among youth are most pressing.  The agency creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk youth to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, graduate with a meaningful plan for a successful life.  Youth Guidance’s programs offer a unique blend of academic support, social and emotional outreach and engagement with parents and families.

“We are honored to partner with the Thrive Foundation for Youth and with our fellow grantees, and are thankful for Thrive’s generosity,” said Chief Executive Officer Michelle Adler Morrison. “Together, we can amplify the impact of our work, learn from each other and ultimately touch the lives of more young people in need.”

Thrive selected grantees whose work emphasizes establishing relationships between caring, compassionate adults and individual youth. “At the heart of our work is the belief that thriving is based on achieving the optimum rather than on the avoidance of negative outcomes,” said Nicole Taylor, President and CEO of the Thrive Foundation for Youth. “We selected Youth Guidance because their model has a proven record of success, and we are pleased to help deepen their transformative programs serving the young people of Chicago. We are confident that Youth Guidance will make valuable contributions to our grantee cohort as we learn from and support the programming and scaling efforts they have established.”

Collectively, Thrive’s new grantees will impact the lives of 15,000 youth living in low-income communities throughout the United States. The grant period will run from 2014-2016.  Thrive plans to select an additional grantee cohort in 2015.

More about Thrive: Founded in 1995 by Silicon Valley investor Bob King and his wife Dottie, the Thrive Foundation for Youth supports young people during pivotal years of their lives – ages 10 to 18 – in reaching their full potential.  Thrive’s mission is to guide disadvantaged youth to their full potential by strengthening the connection and impact of caring adults in their lives. Thrive believes in the combined power of applied research and on-the ground practice to make tangible difference in the lives of young people. Our scientific research is dedicated to answering the question: “What helps a young person to thrive?” Our active partnerships with youth-serving organizations are dedicated to putting that knowledge into practice, and to changing as many lives as possible throughout the country.  For more information, visit www.Thrivefoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

More about Youth Guidance: Founded in 1924, Youth Guidance is a leader in outcomes-driven, school-based programs and capacity-building initiatives.  The Chicago-based, nonprofit currently services 14,000 underserved youth in more than 75 public and charter schools in Chicago through a portfolio of comprehensive programs.  The agency’s specific and strategically developed delivery areas are Community & After-School, Counseling & Prevention, and Youth Workforce Development. Ninety percent of students served are low income. More than 95% are African American and Hispanic/Latino. For more information, call 312-253-4900 or visit http://www.youth-guidance.org.

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