Youth Connection Charter School-Our Legacy

Y.C.C.S students not only perform academically but also change their trajectory from hopelessness and poverty to self-efficacy and achievement.”

- Sheila Venson

Y.C.C.S provides our students Not Just a Second Chance… But a BETTER Chance. One of the highest ranked high schools S.Q.R.P (School Quality Rating Policy) in the city of Chicago, our students create their own future, using their Better Chance to achieve academic and real-world learning success.

Y.C.C.S. provides its students with a personalized world class education in an urban setting. Our Competency-based curriculum provides the opportunity for every Y.C.C.S student to graduate with a diploma and confidence to demonstrate their mastery of the core competencies that are essential for academic and personal success, every student is prepared for college, careers and beyond. Our curriculum is aligned to Illinois Core Standards as well as the Common Core and National Technology Standards.The Y.C.C.S.Educational Model Framework, 3 + 1, which ensures that each campus uniquely addresses each student’s learning and developmental needs in preparation toward the ultimate goal of accessing post-secondary experiences, while earning their high school diplomas. Growing into adulthood certainly has its ups and downs, but caring adults working collaboratively to connect with and support each student make this a healthier and easier process.

Y.C.C.S campuses provide a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities that encourage students to discover and then build on their strengths while extending their learning edges. Our students are amazing! They excel in academics, the arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities. 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.

Y.C.C.S offers a full spectrum of special education services and resources to support students with special needs. In addition, we take safety very seriously at Y.C.C.S.,constantly making sure we have good plans and procedures to make the school environment as safe as possible. Meeting these challenges is no small task, but I do not know of a better cause than making a better future for our students.

Sincerely,

Sheila Venson
Executive Director