New Y.O.U. name explained


Once known officially as Youth Organizations Umbrella, the organization everyone refers to as Y.O.U. has kept the initials but has changed the name.

The new name, introduced at the organization’s Summer Showcase last week, is now Youth & Opportunity United.

The rationale for the change was recently posted on the organization’s website in a message co-authored by its executive director, Seth Green, and board president, Tom Scott.

The change came after a four-year strategic exercise that has resulted in an enhancement and expansion of its services, they wrote, as the number of youth served had expanded from 450 to more than 1,500 annually.

“More than ever,” they noted, “we are uniting youth with opportunities and a holistic continuum of care that ensures bright futures.”

The 45-year-old organization, which works with and supplements programs of the area’s school districts and a wide variety of non-profit organizations that serve Evanston's youth, announced plans last fall to build its new headquarters in vacant space across Church Street from Evanston Township High School, thanks to financial assistance from Jennifer Pritzker’s Tawani Enterprises and the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation.

Construction is planned to begin this year, with completion by October, 2016.


Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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