Community Youth Services Team

Katie Whittaker, Program Lead, OMNI Prevention Specialist II

Erika Berdell, Youth Committee, OMNI Prevention Specialist

Cendy Martinez, Community Committee, OMNI Prevention Specialist

Kris Zerfass, Director Link Together Coalition/CYS Area Project Board


Overview:  The Community Youth Services (CYS) grant program implements a systematic community planning approach for preventing violence and delinquency among Illinois youth who are 11 to 24 years of age. In an effort to strengthen communities and ensure youth reach their greatest potential, the approach seeks to improve the health and safety of youth by addressing underlying risk factors and conditions that increase the likelihood of youth engagement in unhealthy or risky behaviors.

Program Objectives:
Network with community partners and parents.
Collaborate with youth in program development and prevention.
Encourage youth preparedness to continue into college or high-demand career fields after graduation.
Increase life skills for youth that lead to self-sufficiency and deter risky behaviors.
Provide all grant services to the community and youth at no fee.

In YOUR Community:  The CYS Grant is engaged with a multitude of community projects for both youth and adults to participate in to prevent violence and delinquency among Illinois youth. 

    • Prospect Heights Police Department Youth Summer Outreach Program 
    • Illinois Department of Public Health Youth Advisory Board 
    • Wheeling Park District Community Events
    • Connecting Our Communities 
    • Link Together Summer Celebration
    • Your Actions Matter
    • Lunchroom Activities

Interested in getting involved?

Community Youth Services Grant
Our Community Youth Services (CYS) grant is a new program providing prevention services to youth between 6th-12th grade. It was developed and funded by a grant through the Illinois  Department of Human Services.

The CYS serves as a community network connecting youth to existing health, employment, and social service organizations.
All Prospect Heights and Wheeling community members are welcome!
Contact us at: 847.353.1500 x 1553

Link Together Coalition serves as the Area Project Board. CYS Webpage found here: https://linktogethercoalition.org/

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