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Our founder

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."     John Quincy Adams

Annette Kelly

In 2003, Founder and President Annette Kelly started FOUS Youth Development Services. Annette has always had a passion for youth and decided to develop her own organization that would provide services to at-risk youth between the ages 12-21 who live in high needs communities. As a result, FOUS was developed and founded on the mission of engaging youth in their own development by providing an array of opportunities and supports that promote the development of young people.

organization History

Our partners/Funders (Current & the past)

Youth Development...

 is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential.

Ronald Brown Academy 
Edward White Academy
Dubois Elementary
Fort Dearborn Elementary
Gumpers Elementary
Gillespie Elementary
Libby Elementary
Parkland Elementary
Carver Military Academy
Harper High School
Harlan Academy

Organizations  (Funders & Partnerships)                                      


The Awesome Foundation                                                                               

Springboard Foundation
The Chicago Safe and Peaceful Foundation
Gary Comer Youth Center
Gary Comer Science & Ed Foundation
Sam's Club/Walmart
National Violence Prevention
The United Methodist Church - Women's Division
Costco Warehouse
Sisters In The Journey Inc.
A Force for Good: Chicago Police Department
Individual Contributors

One Person Can Make a Difference

I actually believe that one person can make a difference in the life of another. As a youth, I experienced it.


2003 - FOUS Youth Development Services became a reality.

2007 - The first program offered was The TEA Party Girls Program at  Harper High School in the Englewood Community.With a new name, 4Us Girls Club continued growing to both elementary and high schools across the City of Chicago.

2008 - Annette Kelly was honored by Ebony Magazine and the makers of Pine-Sol 'Unsung Heroes Making A Difference" in schools, in communities and churches.

2011 - FOUS continued to add relevant programs and services (The Journey Mentoring Program, Shoulder 2 Shoulder Boys Program and Advancing Youth Development Certification Training).

FOUS Youth Development Services