SGA strives to continuously evolve and revamp its services to complement the needs of its communities. Please scroll down to learn about our newest programs, as well as other exciting happenings at SGA, and remember to check back often for updates!
Early Head Start SGA Youth & Family Services is proud to once again partner with the Ounce of Prevention Fund to bring the Early Head Start Program to the Brighton Park community. The Brighton Park Early Head Start Program will serve low income families with children from birth to three. The program provides parenting skills training, counseling, early detection and screening, monthly home visits, family empowerment, as well as ensuring that clients have access to health care services.
SGA has added new schools to its Community School Initiative. SGA is now the lead partner in nine schools city wide in the Chicago Community Schools Initiative and places Resource Coordinators in four additional schools in the South Shore Community. SGA provides and coordinates out-of-school time programming and social services. In addition to providing direct services, SGA secures other services at these schools to meet specific needs that have been identified by the school and community. This partnership helps transform schools integrating academic, health, and social services, youth and community development, and parental and community engagements. These neighborhood schools become the anchors in their respective communities, with resources to improve the success of young people, strengthen families and provide healthy communities, providing resources for the entire family.
In response to the recent surge in gang violence SGA launched the Gang Reduction Intervention Program (GRIP) in 2009. GRIP is a comprehensive gang suppression and prevention project in the Bronzeville neighborhood in which SGA works with community partners such as local school councils and the Chicago Police to enhance and develop community resources aimed at reducing the influence of gangs.
SGA partnered with the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council to implement Safety Net Works, a violence prevention and intervention service for 400 at-risk youths in the Brighton Park neighborhood. The goals for this program is a decrease in the level of truancy and delinquent behavior that results in young people functioning more effectively in school, with their family, and within the community.