BUILDING COMMUNITY. INVESTING IN DREAMS.

A NEW APPROACH TO ENDING POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS FOR YOUTH IN CHICAGO.

 

HELP US BUILD THE LYTE LOUNGE

a safe space and support for Chicago youth

THE REALITIES OF POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS

30
of Chicago youth ages 15 to 24 live below the poverty line
11000
Chicago youth ages 14 to 24 are homeless and living on their own each year
75
of youth experiencing homelessness will drop out of school
83
of youth in situations of homelessness are physically and/or sexually victimized while on the street

WE MUST DO BETTER.

It’s time to end the dangers youth face and see the challenges in a new light.

THE LYTE COLLECTIVE

LYTE Collective provides Chicago youth in situations of poverty and homelessness with safe space, critical resources and holistic support. We invest in the extraordinary gifts, and power of young people and work to ensure that all youth have the safety, opportunities and justice they deserve. All young people should be able to live their dreams.

LIVING IN TRUTH

The LYTE Collective is founded on the principle of Living in Truth as articulated by human rights leader Václav Havel (LYTE = Live Your Truth Everywhere). Havel’s ideas call us to end our participation in social systems that continue to victimize and marginalize so many and to instead create alternative systems that promote social justice, dignity and human rights.

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LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE

The LYTE Collective’s founders cumulatively have over 70 years of experience providing services and support for youth in high-risk situations in Chicago, Illinois.

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UNLEASHING THE POWER OF RECREATION

Opportunities for young people to develop their passions and talents are often the key to supporting youth as they engage with us and their future education and career goals. As such, recreation programming will be at the center of all other services provided at the LYTE Lounge.

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EMPLOYING YOUNG PEOPLE

It is not enough to make sure that young people are job-ready. We must also do our part to make sure that jobs are available. In line with this belief as well as the LYTE’s commitment to ensuring that young people are true partners in all aspects of the work, LYTE Lounge will be staffed by young people who are mentored by professionals in the field.

ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY

The LYTE depends heavily on support from all those who truly believe in our work. We need community members like you to support us financially but also, if you can, to share your talents and skills. We hope you become a part of the LYTE. We cannot do this without you.

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EMBRACING INNOVATION

From new ways to use technology to the implementation of cutting-edge program initiatives, the LYTE is constantly in search of more effective, more efficient and more creative solutions. We are currently developing several systems that will utilize advances in technology to revolutionize how we go about data collection, fundraising and service delivery.

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