Organizing Youth, 
Impacting Neighborhoods

Check below for examples of previous programming offered by our organization.

Previous Events

Better Boys Foundation (November 2010)

Better Boys Foundation (November 2010)

DuSable Museum (March 2011)

Hybrid House (April 2011)

Hybrid House (April 2011)

Better Boys Foundation (May 2011)

Blues Festival - Downtown Chicago (June 2011)

Blues Festival - Downtown Chicago (June 2011)

Millenium Park (June 2011)

February 2011 Update

OYIN’s Mentor Program, formerly known as the CBAA Chicago Mentor Program, is off to a great start this year. The administrators at the Better Boys Foundation have generously allowed us to use their resources, including a meeting space and instructional support equipment. Students returned from last year, new students are joining the program, and parents are becoming more involved as well. 

This year, our curriculum is organized in modules that will help our students reach specific goals. One goal is to assist our students in developing their identities and self-awareness. Therefore, the activities in our current module encourage them to think about the importance of family, family history and values, the impact we have on our families, and the ways our families influence us. From a broader perspective, we will explore how historical events affect us today and how the decisions we make will affect future generations.

March 2011 Update

On March 19, 2011, OYIN’s Mentor Program took a trip to the DuSable Museum of African American History. During our visit, we saw a movie about children's roles in the Civil Rights Movement, which really reached our young people (and the adults, for that matter) by revealing history from a unique perspective. We also had the opportunity to learn from the museum’s inspiring, informative exhibits.


This field trip was the last activity of our identity and self-awareness module. Our next module will focus on encouraging our students to connect with their community.

April '11 Update

On April 30, 2011, OYIN’s Mentor Program visited a hybrid house located in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. Owner and designer, Julian Dawson, took the group on an enlightening, informative tour of the house while opening our eyes to environmental and energy issues we need to face as individuals and engaged members of society. This fieldtrip was part of a module that encourages our students to connect with their community by learning its history and contributing to its improvement.

May 2011 Update

On May 14, 2011, OYIN's Mentor Program participants discussed issues affecting the Lawndale community, where our students live.  Mentors and mentees used the Internet to find out what is being done to address those issues.

June 2011 Update

On June 11, 2011, OYIN's Mentor Program hosted a two-part, end-of-the-year celebration.  

The first part was a breakfast for mentors, mentees, parents, staff, and board members.  All who attended shared their heart-felt appreciation and commitment to the program.

The second part was a field trip to downtown Chicago for staff and mentees.  Participants attended the Blues Festival and visited Millennium Park.

The entire day was filled with sharing and laughter.  What a wonderful way to end the 2010-2011 academic year!!!