Evanston-based Youth Organizations Umbrella has received the Education Impact Award from United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

The award was presented at United Way’s Going the Distance Community Celebration, a gathering earlier this month that brought together hundreds of metro Chicago business and community leaders who are committed to supporting children and families in need.

The award recognizes Y.O.U. for its transformative impact on middle school youth and their families. United Way presented awards in three areas — education, income and health. Y.O.U. was selected for the education award because of the high-quality educational resources it provides to prepare middle youth for success in high school and beyond.

“We are thrilled and truly honored by this award,” said Seth Green, Y.O.U. executive director. “United Way literally authored the best-practice plan for how to prepare middle school youth for success, and LIVE UNITED 2020 is changing the story of our region. Receiving this award from such a trusted and vital leader is an extraordinary affirmation of our work.”

Marcia McMahon, regional chief professional officer of United Way North-Northwest, said “Y.O.U. has been an outstanding partner and continues to go above and beyond, sharing their time, resources and expertise to ensure the youth in our community are equipped with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.”

Top: Wendy Duboe, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago president and CEO; Seth Green, Y.O.U. executive director; with United Way board members Ellen Costello, CEO, BMO Financial Corp. and Tim Maloney, Illinois President, Bank of America.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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