East Village Youth Program


Mission:  East Village Youth Program encourages and prepares under-served youth for higher education and career success.

Vision:  EVYP will create a culture of achievement that empowers under-served youth, their families, and the community to access and utilize higher education to lead more fulfilling lives.

Goals:  Through comprehensive programming including academic advancement, risk prevention, socio-emotional skills development, financial literacy and outreach, EVYP provides our students with the tools they need to become successful young adults. EVYP’s overreaching long-term goals are to:

  • Raise awareness to encourage college as a possibility for under-served youth;
  • Prepare youth for success in college and career through comprehensive programs; and
  • Support our students as they complete college and begin careers.

The Students:  EVYP provides our programs to more than 700 students and their families. The majority of our students come from the Chicago communities of West Town, Humboldt Park, Belmont-Cragin, Avondale, and Logan Square but many of our students come from all over Chicago. Approximately 85% of our students are Latino; 10% are African American. Sixty-five percent of our students are female and 100% are from low-income families.

The Impact:  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. At East Village Youth Program, we work to not only prepare our students for entering college but also ensure they graduate and go on to become successful young professionals. In 2013, 100% of EVYP students were accepted to a four-year university. Beyond college access, 65% 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.

The IDP Foundation, Inc. supports the East Village Youth Program (EVYP) as a social investment in the futures of Latino youth. The mission of EVYP rests closely with the mission of the IDP Foundation.

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Congratulations to the East Village Youth Program
…Making college dreams come true with 100% success!
March 2012

At the IDP Foundation Inc., we believe that education is the way to conquer the world’s greatest challenges.  We provide grant support to the East Village Youth Program that has achieved amazing results with increasing college enrollment for primarily low-income, Latino students since its inception in 1989.   Through tutoring, mentoring, guest speakers and college visits, the motivated students of the EVYP are provided the assistance they need to prepare them to attend a four-year college or university after high school.

EVYP high school students meet one day a week after school. Students are required to maintain participation, attendance and grades in order to be a part of the program.  EVYP’s ultimate goal is to increase the probability that its participants will enroll in a four-year college or university and graduate. A secondary, but not less important goal is to help its students develop into mature, discerning, productive adults that will lead fulfilling lives and contribute to their communities in leadership and community service.  One hundred percent of the EVYP seniors of the class of 2011 went on to college. The success of the program continues!

Many EVYP students stay involved even after they graduate and they remain a valuable part of the EVYP. Some alumni contribute as board members, tutoring volunteers, and interns to show their continued support for a program that truly helped them find success in education. We are proud to support the efforts of the East Village Youth Program in Chicago, IL.