Creating a Cycle of Opportunity

SGA Youth & Family Services helps children, families and communities facing great challenges to realize their potential. 

SGA helps break the cycle of adversity and provide families with enough opportunity to change their lives and their communities. Our Cycle of Opportunity is passed down through generations, building strong foundations for families in the communities we serve. See how SGA has changed the trajectory for one of our young families, then learn about our four core focus areas listed below.

Parenting

SGA’s Midwest Healthy Start Initiative works with 1,000+ pregnant and postpartum parents and their infants each year to reduce infant mortality rates and provide prenatal care. SGA provides parents of young children with early childhood development guidance, parenting tips and safety assessments. Teen parent programs include early childhood and parenting education, job training and placement, education services and case management.

Early Childhood

SGA proudly offers Early Head Start and Head Start programs to 800+ children and parents each year. The ‘Parents as Teachers’ home-based curriculum, is used to focus on motor coordination, language and literacy, and social-emotional and cognitive learning through an individualized approach. Services include parent workshops on childcare, health and transitioning to Kindergarten; weekly group socializations and field trips.

Education Support Services

SGA provides Safe Passage to select schools in highly violent communities. Services include crisis intervention; individual, group, and family counseling; mentoring; gang diversion; drug and alcohol education; parent education; family engagement; and classroom support. SGA offers college readiness services for high-performing students, including youth involved in the justice system. SGA reaches 11,100 students in 100+ Chicago Public Schools.

Workforce Development

SGA’s workforce development services begin with summer employment opportunities for students as young as 10 years old. Throughout the year, our focus is on supporting Opportunity Youth: young adults ages 16 to 24 who are out of school and out of work, including those involved in the juvenile justice system. SGA provides workforce training to more than 900 youth each year.

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