Alternatives Inc.
After School Matters

Better Boys Foundation

Chicago Youth Centers
Chicago Lights Tutoring
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Chicago Urban League
Cook County Juvenile Justice
Del Progresso
Erie Neighborhood House
Gary Comer Youth Center
The Howard Brown Center
Illinois Action for Children
Link Unlimited
Outreach Christian Center
Peace Hub Network
South Side Drill Team
The Broadway Youth Center
Urban Gateway
Youth Advocate Program
Youth Guidance
Strong Families
Trinity United Church of Christ
Purdue University Northwest

Core Value Four:

Strengthening Youth Work Practice

Goal: Equip frontline youth professionals with positive youth development strategies and methods in order to empower the next generation.

We make quality programming a priority!

FOUS Youth Development Services

FOUS is proud to have trained youth worker professionals from across Chicago and Indiana. Below is a list of the participating organizations.

New Accelerated

 Advancing Youth Development Training

(4-weeks + 1-hour reflection session) ​​​​


AYD just got more accessible!

Advancing Youth Development (AYD) is a nationally acclaimed 9-hour course designed for front-line youth workers and others who interact with adolescents on a daily basis. The course was based on curricula from the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research out of Washington D.C. Four sessions cover, the youth development framework, fostering youth participation and leadership, culturally competent programming, and professional competencies of youth workers. The topic of each session is listed below.
Course Sessions
Module 1: Introduction to the Youth Development Approach
Module 2: Developmental Youth Outcomes (Identity & Ability)
Module 3: Cultural Assumptions about Young People:

From Adultism to Caring
Module 4: Providing Effective Services, Supports & Opportunities for Youth
Registration Information - The AYD registration fee includes a training manual, resource materials, and a Certificate of Completion. See payment information below. For additional information contact Annette Kelly at 708-508-7389 or

 Training Announcement 2023 (New)

Training Options:

​An In-person Advancing Youth Development Training will be offered once a year in the fall. This training is available to organizations across the City of Chicago. Continue to visit our website for fall dates and registration information.

Onsite Staff Training: If you are interested in bringing Advancing Youth Development to your site, contact Annette Kelly. The interested organization must have a minimum of 10 people.

Online Accelerated Advancing Youth Development Training. This offer is exclusive to organizations located in other states. Call for additional information.

Every Tuesday
Dates: TBD
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am 

The training cost is non-refundable but is transferrable. Payment must be received by the start of training.

Payment Options: 
1) Pay with check - make check payable to FOUS Youth Development Services - PO Box 42619, Evergreen Park, IL 60805

2) Pay via Pay Pal​...add to cart