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Working Toward a Brighter Future

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Illinois State Senator
Napoleon B. Harris III

Dedicated to supporting and empowering communities through educational opportunities and various other needed resources.

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Our Roots

The dedication and passion that Jack and his organization bring to their work in empowering the community through youth-focused initiatives.


Developing Our Youth has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the well-being and development of young people. Our leadership is marked by integrity, compassion, and a genuine desire to make a positive impact. Our approach to youth development is not only professional but also deeply personal. We take the time to understand the unique needs and aspirations of each individual, ensuring that their voices are heard and their potential maximized.


Developing Our Youth stands out for its innovative and effective programs tailored to address the diverse needs of the community. From educational enrichment to mentorship and beyond, our team go above and beyond to create meaningful opportunities for growth and empowerment. Programs are not just about imparting knowledge and skills but also about fostering resilience, self-confidence, and a sense of belonging among young people.


What sets Developing Our Youth apart is its genuine investment in building strong relationships with the youth and their families. We understands the importance of creating a supportive environment where young people feel valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential. Through mentorship, counseling, and community engagement, we ensure that every participant feels seen, heard, and supported on their journey towards success.

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Our Mission

We believe in the power of educations, mentorship, and community engagement to create a positive and transformative impact on young lives. Together, we strive to create a brighter future for the youth, inspiring them to dream big, overcome obstacles, and shape a better world for themselves and others.



Empowering Others



Helping Those Who Need Us Most


$14 Million Plus 

In 2023, Developing Our Youth experienced tremendous success. The video captures a moment from one of our College Scholarship Fairs, where we distributed over $7 million in just two days. In total, we reached an impressive milestone of over $10 million across two fairs spanning three days in 2023.


Upcoming Events

  • IL Bobcats Youth Basketball League
    IL Bobcats Youth Basketball League
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    Rise to the Hoop: Where Dreams Take Flight!

DY Newsletter

May 2024


2024 Gala

The evening featured live performances and exquisite cuisine. The individuals were honored for their 20 or more years of dedicated service to the community and the youth.


Bobcats Basketball

The program launched in March and continues until August while offering comprehensive training, fostering athletic skills, teamwork, and personal growth.



Developing Our Youth has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Maywood Park District to provide mentorship and implement innovative youth programs.


2024 Civility Conference

The conference was held at South Suburban College and resulted in a resounding success. Thanks to the President, Chairman, and staff for allowing this opportunity.

DY Newsletter

December 2023


Illinois Bobcats

Bobcats Basketball runs March through August. This year the Bobcats program had over 100 youth participants: consisting of 2 girls and 4 boys teams ranging from 12 to 18 years of age.


We Give Basketball Camp

We Give Basketball camp was an opportunity for youth to come together to address violence and come up with ways to fight against it. Over 100 youth participated from over 6 communities and 10 schools.


$$$ 14 Million $$$

Developing Our Youth helped facilitate the awarding of 14 million dollars in scholarships to potential college students. Servicing over 500 youth participates at 3 fairs in 2 locations across Chicago.


Office of Education

Developing Our Youth has partnered with Illinois Senator Napoleon Harris to create a 15th District Office of Education. This office will provide the families in the 15th District with educational, therapeutic, recreational, and social services.

Our Collection

Darion Washington, IL

"Being part of this youth program has been an incredibly transformative experience for me."

Morgan James, IN

"The mentorship I received has been invaluable."

Keondre Johnson, IL

"The life skills development workshops have equipped me with essential tools for success."
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