EVYP, established as a non-profit organization in 1989, is an award-winning college resource and support center working to increase the educational attainment of Chicago's growing Latino population. It is the only comprehensive college readiness and support program dedicated to Chicago's growing northwest side Latino communities. By raising awareness of college as a real possibility, offering comprehensive long-term and targeted short-term programs and by supporting students as they complete college and begin careers, EVYP strives to play an authentic role in our students' lives.
East Village Youth Program:
Students attend a weekly program session with a set curriculum based on grade in high school. Topics covered include college matching, creative writing, ACT preparation, financial aid awareness, and the transition to college. Participants are required to maintain a C-average or better in all subjects in order to join and continue at EVYP. In addition, they must maintain 70% attendance and participation here. While the majority of our students live on the northwest side, our program is open to students throughout Chicago.
Cynthia joined EVYP in the sixth grade, making an early commitment to make her way through college. By the end of her senior year of high school, Cynthia had been awarded both the Posse and Gates Foundation Scholarships. Throughout college, Cynthia made a point to visit EVYP to share her story with our younger students. A 2012 college grad, Cynthia is now back in Chicago to inspire a new generation through placement at a CPS high school through City Year. Cynthia continues to volunteer with EVYP, giving back to a program that supported her for over ten years. She is a model of the positive change we wish to see our alumni bring to their communities.