What we Believe
YMEN’s comprehensive programs offer a wide range of educational support, mentoring from positive role models, spiritual and emotional guidance, vocational classes in the arts, career-based and entrepreneurial education, sports and recreational activities, family supportive services, and service learning to more than 250 students annually.
YMEN’s 30 programs seek to build layers of support that ensures students will:
Have excellent attendance in school and in after-school programs
Graduate from high school and college
Participate in levels of leadership within the community
Have the ability to make a positive contribution in a diverse world
View themselves and others as valuable to God and society
Central to our programs is our mission: "To prepare young men and women in North Lawndale for leadership by helping them grow in their faith and character, develop a love for learning, and use their talents to serve the community and strengthen our families."
In 2018 YMEN launched the DELTA Program it is a project of the Young Men’s Educational Network with a mission: To help every young woman gain positive and enriching relationships with other women, grow in their faith and character, and serve others through their personal and collective leadership. DELTA is a “home” where the young women of North Lawndale have the opportunity to break the cycle of mediocrity and grow in an environment where they can flourish and reach their full potential.
YMEN and DELTA have a vision that the youth of North Lawndale will be the emerging leaders to bring revitalization and positive solutions to the community and its residents.