Youth Division 2019 Program Portfolio and Strategies
The DFSS Youth Services Division designs and funds programs and initiatives that leverage the assets and strengths of youth in the city of Chicago to support their growth, development and success. The division serves Chicago’s youth ages 6-24. Programs and initiatives offer an opportunity for improved skill building, relationship development, educational achievement, mentorship and employment. Our programs are designed to support youth in reaching their full potential in their community, school and work.
The needs of Chicago’s young people – identified from community and youth feedback, gap analyses and national and local best practices - are the key drivers in informing the development of the division’s programming and continuously shape the Department’s priorities and goals. As a social safety net for young people, DFSS focuses our efforts and resources on youth’s needs in order to have the greatest impact.