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East Village Youth Program

  • East Village Youth Program
  • 3643 W Belmont Ave
  • Chicago, IL 60618
  • 312-275-0440
  • 1989
  • Jenn Romero
  • Program Coordinator
  • (312) 275-0440 x 3

Program Description

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:

  • Serves students in grades 9-12
  • Builds academic and study skills
  • Encourages career and college exploration
  • Focuses on goal setting
  • Offers students opportunities to be matched with a mentor
  • Requires parent participation
  • Offers a college scholarship to all students who successfully meet all program requirements

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.

Success Stories

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.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Hispanic/Latino: 80%
  • Other: 8%
  • African American: 12%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 60
  • Middle School: 20
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 55
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (8)


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Academy of Art University
  • Carleton College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Denison University
  • DePaul University
  • DePauw University
  • Dominican University
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • North Park University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Triton College
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 85%