WE HAVE A BUILDING
Recreation programming will be the center of all services provided at the Lounge. Opportunities for activities like creative arts, music, sports and dance are essential for young people, supporting identity formation, skill-building, leadership, connectedness, self-esteem, and healing all while providing safe activities and places for youth to be.
At the Lounge, young people will learn key skills in obtaining and retaining employment. To help secure job opportunities, LYTE staff are currently developing relationships with employers throughout the city and will also hire youth for a range of staff positions within the organization.
BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY
LYTE Collective will support young people as they pursue education goals that will increase, over the long-term, their potential for economic stability and personal fulfillment of their dreams. Education programming at the Lounge will include assistance with adult basic education, literacy, high school enrollment, GED completion, and college admission.
While young people are visiting the Lounge, they will have access to meals, showers, laundry and more. The Lounge will always be staffed by clinically-trained professionals available to connect youth to safe housing and provide mental health support, and community providers will regularly be onsite to provide physical health services and legal assistance.
The LYTE Lounge is proud to carry on the important work of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative (CYSI) and will have over 200 units of diverse storage for youth to meet both daily and long-term needs. Check out more about the incredible work of CYSI here. A storage toolkit for organizations serving youth experiencing housing instability coming soon!