Achievements

Achievements

  • Engaged over 10,000 Cicero youth, residents, and service providers in identification of critical safety issues and recommendations to address those concerns.
  • Published the Community Safety and Gangs in Cicero Report to broaden public awareness and mobilization regarding new safety initiatives.
  • In cooperation with Cicero School District #99, created the Parent Volunteer Safety Patrol to enhance safe passage of students to and from school.
  • Surveyed over 4,000 children, youth and residents regarding school and community safety issues.
  • Increased coordination and communication among service providers, police, and schools to reduce community crime and violence.
  • Successfully organized and advocated to keep the Morton High School Health Center open despite massive budget cuts.
  • Engaged over 2,500 Cicero students in the Illinois Youth Survey to assess local adolescent health in relation to risk-related behaviors.
  • Increased community health awareness through publication of the CYTF Comprehensive Health Resource Guide to Services in Cicero.
  • Undertook a comprehensive community health assessment, The Cicero Community Health Initiative Adolescent Health Report 2009, citing the top 5 most pervasive health concerns of Cicero, youth, parents, providers and educators participated in the assessment.
  • Developed the Heath Ambassador Program, an innovative approach for peer-to-peer health education fr adolescents and adults. To date, over 40 Cicero youth ad parents have participated in the program.
  •  In cooperation with the Town of Cicero, expanded public health awareness through monthly “Health Happenings” page in the Cicero Town News Circulation: 20,000).
  • Hosted a Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking, sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to over 50 community members.
  • Hosted a Town Hall Meeting on Mental Health and Mental Illness, sponsored by the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA) to over 50 community members.
  • Facilitated planning and coordination among youth service organizations resulting in twice the number of after-school programs and engagement of over 5,000 more Cicero children and youth than in 2005.
  • Added more than $5,000,000 in new resources dedicated to the creation of after school programs in the community.
  • Coordinated 10 professional development training workshops for local youth service providers to improve program effectiveness.
  • Surveyed over 2,500 Cicero youth to assess their participation levels in out-of-school activities and to solicit their suggestions for new programs.
  • Created and distributed the bi-lingual Youth Opportunities Directory for Cicero youth and parents.
  • 800 additional Cicero children now receive pre-kindergarten early childhood education in Cicero.
  • Annual coordination of “week of the Young Child” event to increase public awareness of early childhood issues and available services.
  • Created and distributed an Early Childhood Service Directory.
  • Increased child developmental screening events to reduce long waiting lists.
  • Coordinated Parent Cafes and Parent University with Cicero School District #99.
  • Coordinated parent training and engagement in the Parent Patrol project.
  • Conduced a community survey to asses parent engagement levels and satisfaction regarding relations with children.
  • Hosted two events to engage Cicero parents with their children (Family Game Night and Parent-teen Movie Night).