January 2014 - eNewsletter
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East Village Youth Program
January 2014

Executive Director 
Stephanie Willding, MPA

High School Program Coordinator 
Nora Frazin

College Program Coordinator 
Julia Gerasimenko

Administrative Assistant 
Stephanie Baki

EVYP is Ringing in 2014!
For EVYP 2013 was a big year and the excitement will continue into 2014. We cannot wait to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in style with our Silver Edition Spring Soiree, details coming soon! And have you met our new staff? If you already 'like' us on Facebook, you've seen their faces, if you don't 'like' us yet, why not? Check out our page and meet the team!  Stay tuned this year as we continue to grow our programs, enhance our technology for both staff and students, update our website, engage in long-term planning and host many community events to celebrate 25 years of making college dreams come true! We are so thankful to have you in our community and we truly appreciate all that you do for us! 
Facebook Fan Drive
Beginning December 1 and continuing through January 31, EVYP will receive a $5 gift from an anonymous donor for every new 'like' our page receives on Facebook. Spread the word and help EVYP make more college dreams a reality!
Chicago Kicks Out the Jams For EVYP!
EVYP's Board of Directors hosted our first annual Chicago Kicks Out the Jams on November 16, 2013. Three Chicago-based bands, "She's Crafty", "Zebra Attack", and "The Bannermen"  brought in a crowd of over 100 people to rock out and dance the night away at Brick Haus. Visit our Facebook page to see the full photo album!

Holiday Party

In December, the EVYP family - staff, Board Members, and students and their families - celebrated the holidays with food, games, music, and laughter. More than 50 EVYP family members attended, bringing a dish to share and a readiness for festivity! The highlight of the evening was the snowman game, where our high school students raced to wrap their friends up like snowmen!  Many of our students also took their turn in our PhotoBooth with a wide variety of props! It was a great opportunity for everyone to put down their books and celebrate the joy of the season. Check out our Facebook photo album of the party!

(EVYP Senior Class pictured on left)
Celebrating 25 Years: A Message From EVYP Founder
This February East Village Youth Program will celebrate our 25th Anniversary of making college dreams come true for hundreds of underserved children. This is an incredible occasion for EVYP and in a real sense this has been a dream come true for me, as well. 
The East Village Youth Program was born out of a desire I had to try and make a difference in the lives of some very deserving, but economically disadvantaged children attending Chicago Public Schools. In February 1989 the East Village story began with six students at Hans Christian Andersen Elementary School on Chicago’s Northwest side.
After spending time in this community, what struck me most about these talented children was that - for them - obtaining a college degree was an unrealistic achievement. The children did not see attending college as a possibility in their lives and no one helped them believe otherwise.
Back then few Latino students went to college. I came to realize that with additional support in the form of tutoring, mentoring and financial aid we could make a real difference. I say “we” because it was apparent that I could not do this alone.  For the past 25 years I’ve called upon my friends for their support and you have responded with incredible generosity. 
Together we have helped build college traditions in the families and communities of our students. Among them is a family physician, a lawyer who is a partner in a major Chicago law firm, entrepreneurs, teachers with advanced degrees, nurses, a homeland security agent and many working for non-profit organizations. Throughout the journey I have never lost sight of the role you have played in making East Village the success it is today. 
On behalf of all our students, Board of Directors, staff and myself, I want to thank you for making so many dreams come true.

Jess Levine
EVYP Founder
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