YS3 strives to build relationships with youth in the care of the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) by providing student mentoring, support & full service assistance to our youth within a safe, constructive environment.
The Re-Enrolled Student Program helps provide expanded academic & wrap-around services to out of school teens across Chicago-land. RSP focuses on getting students re-enrolled & supporting them as they attain their high school diploma & continue their education or place into a job after graduation.
The CEP is a call to action for youth! CEP is for youth who have been disconnected from the educational process. The goals of the Civic Engagement Project are to provide students with opportunities to develop an awareness of & engagement in the sociopolitical issues that affect their communities, & increase civic participation.
Recognizing the many life challenges students face, Progressive Leadership Academy provides support beyond the conventional high school model, enhancing the likelihood that students will complete high school & transition to post-secondary education & careers. We help connect classroom lessons with real-world applications. Experience college courses & job placement while earning your diploma.
At Progressive Leadership Academy, we offer a wide variety of educational strategies & programs that give at-risk high school students who have failed a class, or been sidtracked in other ways, the opportunity to redo coursework or retake a course through alternate means, & thereby avoid failure & earn academic credit if the student successfully completes the course requirements.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Mathematics. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, & work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, & learners of the 21st century!
Progressive Leadership Academy (formerly Charles Houston High School) offers students opportunities to get back on track by completing classes needed to get a high school diploma.
YCCS offers a full spectrum of education services & resources to support students. Our teachers, all certified and rated as “highly qualified” by the State of Illinois, are themselves “lifelong learners” who continually seek creative and innovative ways to engage our students and enliven subject matter through real-world connections.
PLA provides its students with a world-class education in an urban setting. Our curriculum provides an opportunity for YCCS students to graduate with a diploma & confidence to demonstrate their mastery of the core competencies that are essential for academic & personal success. Every student is prepared for college, careers & beyond.
The art of the preparation, cooking & presentation of food. With changes in how we cook & eat the fields of culinary arts & culinary science appear now to be merging into one. Many universities & colleges around the country offer degrees in "culinology", a program that blends food science & technology with the culinary arts.
Information technology is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications & computer hardware. IT workers help ensure that computers work well for people. Most IT jobs fall into four broad categories: computer scientists, computer engineers, systems analysts & computer programmers.
Internships, & work-study is a way for students to earn money through part-time on & off campus jobs. Work-study gives students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience while pursuing their high school diploma.
It’s difficult to imagine a successful business that doesn’t rely on technology in some way. Business technology (BT) is the ever-increasing reliance on Information Technology by businesses of all types to handle & optimize their business processes.
The study & application of beauty treatment, including hairstyling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures/pedicures, non-permanent hair removal & permanent hair removal processes such as electrology & intense pulsed light. Cosmetologists provide personal care services that include caring for the condition of people's hair, skin, & nails.
The Manufacturing career pathway enables students to explore the field of manufacturing & learn skills they can apply to a college degree or use in the workforce after graduation. Students who complete this program can earn an OSHA, forklift, or LEN certification, and participate in an internship program.
Our afterschool programs are offered in the following 4 primary content areas: Arts (dance, photography, & food preperation), Communications & Leadership (social media, video editing, & community organizing), Sports (Basketball, Cheerleading, Boxing), & STEM (computer programming, repair, & robotics).
Progressive Leadership Academy strives to ensure that all programs are interesting, exciting and relevant to the real world, to not only transform youth into productive individuals, but to also spark intellectual curiosity & develop their capacity for meaningful participation in the future of their communities.
Trying something new is exciting! You can increase your confidence, build skills and professional values like excellence, leadership, teamwork, respect, commitment and innovation.
Learn to film & produce professisonal quality digital films & short movies. Get hands-on experience with projects while working alongside a skilled professional who will help you develop job skills & expose you to rewarding careers.
ASM / ASN Competition Robotics, 3D Modeling, Makers Lab. Are you interested in working with your hands, or competing with your friends and peers? Then you are probably right for Youth Pathways Robotics Challenge!