In 2015, the IDP Foundation, Inc. supported the East Village Youth Program (EVYP) as a social investment in the futures of Chicago youth. The mission of EVYP rests closely with the mission of the IDP Foundation.
EVYP provides programs to more than 850 students and their families. The majority the students come from the Chicago communities of West Town, Humboldt Park, Belmont-Cragin, Avondale, and Logan Square, but many come from all over Chicago. Approximately 87% of students are Latino; 5% are African American. 66% of our students are female and 100% are from low-income families.
Access to higher learning is a key component to ending the cycle of poverty. Yet today, just one in ten students from low-income families will graduate from college by age 25. East Village Youth Program works to not only prepare its students for entering college but also ensure they graduate and go on to become successful young professionals. In 2016, 100% of EVYP students were accepted to a four-year university. Beyond college access, 75% of EVYP college students graduate within five years. Through comprehensive college and career readiness services, EVYP builds a culture of achievement for students and their families.
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