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2009 Annual Report

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Table of Contents JCYS History . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Letter from the President & Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Program Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 JCYS Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Fiscal Year 2009 Financials . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Agency Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Feature Articles and Donations . . . . . . . . . . . . 19


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JCYS History No e s t r e b m ve 7 0 9 1 1870s Deborah Women's Club (1872-1972) 1900s Young Men’s Associated Jewish Charities – Founded November 1907 Camp Wilson (1914-1918) Camp Harding (1918-1922) 1920s American Boys’ Commonwealth (1920-1929) Camp Wooster (1923-1940) 1930s Deborah Boys’ Club on Division Street (1930-1949) Albany Park Boys’ Club (1934-1945) 2


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For more than 100 years, Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) – formerly Young Men's Jewish Council – has provided innovative programs and services that meet the developmental, recreational, and educational needs of children and their families. As an independent agency unaffiliated with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, JCYS generates its support through individual gifts, foundation and government grants, corporate donations, and special event fundraisers. Since the agency's inception on November 7, 1907, JCYS has been a dynamic presence in the Chicago region. In the early years, as Young Men's Associated Jewish Charities, the agency provided recent immigrants with social and recreational outlets, including camps and after-school clubs. These programs eventually attracted individuals of many different backgrounds, and thus, the JCYS of today was born. In Fiscal Year 2009, JCYS continued its legacy of serving Jewish children, families, and the greater Chicago community, with a total of more than 20,000 individuals impacted. 1940s Camp Henry Horner – Founded 1940 Humboldt Park Boys’ Club (1941-1953) Boys’ Brotherhood Republic (1946-1956) 1980s Morton Grove Parent & Child Care Center (1980-1985) Camp Red Leaf – Founded 1984 Wheeling Child Care Center (1987-1990) 1950s Deborah Boys’ Club at Ainslee & Kimball (1950-1975) South Shore Youth Center (1954-1972) 1990s George W. Lutz Family Center – Founded 1993 Camp-on-Wheels – Founded 1993 Adventure Education (Renamed TEAMcorps in 2008) Founded 1997 1960s Ruth Lodge for the Handicapped – Founded 1961 2000s 1970s North Shore Day Camp – Founded 1975 New Horizons Day Camp (1976-1984) Center for Enriched Living (1977-1984) Lincoln Park Child Care Center (Renamed Lakeview Family Center in 2001) Founded 1978 North Shore Child Care Center (1979-1993) Northwest Family Center – Founded 2000 Max Davidson Tennis & Swim Center Founded 2000 Orchard Branch – Founded 2003 Camp STAR – Founded 2008 3


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Letter from the President and Executive Director Dear Friends, Given the state of our nation’s economy in the past 12 months, it would be an understatement to say that JCYS was faced with financial challenges during our 101st year. With fundraising, program participation and investments all reduced, our Board and staff spent countless hours developing and implementing strategies to maintain the quality and quantity of our services. The good news is that all of the hard work has resulted in stronger Board leadership. Because of their engagement in our challenges, a structure and plan have emerged to grow our revenues going forward and give us optimism into the new fiscal year. We are very proud of staff and Board achievements this past year. In January, the staff at our JCYS Northwest Family Center, led by Site Director Allison Deutsch, quickly responded to a tragedy in the community which had resulted in the closing of another early childhood service provider. Within a two-week period, our staff was able to provide counseling and guidance in helping 28 families join our early childhood program. This necessitated countless hours of personal attention to each family's needs by our entire administrative and teaching staff. Our JCYS TEAMcorps program (formerly Adventure Education) has expanded to include an after-school component for 25 high school sophomores. This program works in urban high schools helping approximately 700 teens each year acquire the skills and perspective to become more successful in school and life. Our Board excelled this past spring under the leadership of Co-Chairpersons Rachael Gray and Dave Nathan in their coordination of a new format for our major spring fundraiser. JCYS Night of 101 Laughs hosted 300 attendees and raised much needed revenue for scholarships. The event will serve as a model of success for future fundraisers. As we look forward to the upcoming school year, our JCYS Lakeview Family Center is excited to open a new early childhood classroom. Additionally, Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, has given the Lakeview Family Center a wonderful grant that will allow the Center to provide additional scholarships, teacher support and program improvements. 4


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Our Second Century Capital Campaign is very much alive as we look forward to the groundbreaking of the new JCYS Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center in Highland Park this fall. The generosity of the Lutz family through the Marshall G. Lutz Foundation has resulted in a gift that will allow us to create a new pool and day camp site on the grounds of the existing JCYS Max Davidson Tennis & Swim Center. The pool will be available for summer camp in 2010, with additional program buildings opening in summer 2011. We unfortunately moved into this new fiscal year with the very sad news of the passing of Michael R. Lutz, one of the true patriarchs of the agency. Michael served as President of the agency from 1977-78 and, with his family, has been a significant donor to JCYS, including the gift that allowed the agency to purchase the site for our current center in Highland Park. Michael and his wife, Karyn, were the honorees at our 100th Anniversary celebration in 2008. JCYS and the entire community has lost a dear friend, supporter and leader. We hope that all of our families, friends and supporters continue to help JCYS thrive as we go forward. Thank you again for all that you have done in helping us meet our mission on a day-to-day basis. Warmly, Martin Oliff, Ph.D. JCYS Executive Director Greg Stewart President, JCYS Board of Directors 5


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Program Updates


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JCYS Northwest Family Center The JCYS Northwest Family Center is a place where children are treated with respect and love in a supportive, creative, challenging, exciting and fun educational environment. The Center offers an open and flexible curriculum that allows each child to grow according to his or her own unique developmental level. • There were two exciting administrative changes at the Center this year. Allison Deutsch was promoted to Center Director, while Lisa Spewak transferred from the JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center to join the administrative team this spring as the new Director of Early Childhood Education. • JCYS Horner Grove Day Camp continues to build its reputation as a premier transition camp for children ages four through six. The program incorporates karate, hip hop and safety town, as well as swimming, music, and weekly field trips to JCYS Camp Henry Horner. • The Center created two new classrooms and welcomed 28 new students from a nearby childcare facility, after a tragedy closed that facility and left many families in need of childcare. • Rythmix Gymnastics, offered in conjunction with the JCYS Northwest Family Center, continues to expand in size. Eleven students from the program progressed to the national level competition, with several placing in the top three for their age group or event. JCYS Chicago Operations JCYS Chicago Operations is proud to offer a variety of programs, including Early Childhood Education, Summer Day Camp, After-School and Enrichment Programs. The JCYS Lakeview Family Center focuses on all aspects of children’s development: intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. The curriculum emphasizes learning through play, which helps children successfully develop skills in a wide variety of areas. • JCYS Big City Day Camp is growing! In summer 2008, Big City Day Camp moved to a beautiful new community center – The Center on Halsted, located at Halsted and Waveland. This facility provides a full-size gymnasium for sports, a reception area for in-house entertainment such as storytellers, and an outdoor deck for yoga and group activities. • "Sounds for a New Century," a chamber music benefit concert, was hosted by the Lakeview Parent Committee in October. Two of the performers were JCYS parents. • A teacher in-service session was presented by the JCYS Lakeview Family Center on Presidents’ Day. A professional musician discussed methods of incorporating Jewish songs into the classroom, while a teacher from Chicago Public Schools shared strategies on preparing children for kindergarten. • The JCYS Lakeview Family Center had a recording session at the school with music specialist Susan Salidor. The children learned about the recording process, and proceeds from the CDs benefited the Center. 7


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JCYS TEAMcorps JCYS TEAMcorps (formerly Adventure Education) employs the principles of experiential and adventure education to aid high school students in their transition to ninth grade and through graduation. Trained facilitators from JCYS TEAMcorps work closely with classroom teachers to apply the lessons of TEAMcorps to the daily academic curriculum. After ten weeks of in-class sessions, students participate in a two-day overnight trip to JCYS Camp Henry Horner for further challenges and growth at the JCYS Glickman High Sierra Adventure Center’s high and low ropes course. • TEAMcorps increased the number of participating students from 500 to 700 students at two Chicago Public High Schools: Mather High School on the north side and Hyde Park Academy on the south side. A new after-school program was implemented at Hyde Park Academy to continue the work and impact of the freshman program as students progress through the upper grades. After-school participants, with assistance from the school engineer and TEAMcorps facilitators, are working on a project to rejuvenate the school bathrooms with fresh paint, hand soap dispensers, and hand dryers. • • JCYS North Shore Operations The JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center helps each child reach his or her own potential in a safe, stimulating and creative environment through services including part-day preschool, developmentally based childcare, and before- and after-school programs. During the summer, children of all ages participate in exciting camps, including Sunflower Camp, North Shore Day Camp and NSDC Sports. • JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center parents organized the first Annual Lutz Walkathon to kickoff the school year. The event was enjoyed by dozens of children, parents and grandparents, and funds raised were used to support the Center’s scholarship fund and JCYS Camp STAR. 8


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• The Superheroes, a kindergarten enrichment class, learned ecological and personal responsibility by switching to melamine plates and silverware instead of using Styrofoam plates and plastic utensils at mealtimes. After lunch, the kindergartners happily washed their dishes and forks in their own child-size sink. By the end of the school year, the Superheroes had prevented 4,200 plates and forks from being dumped into landfills. Thanks to funding from the Chicago Tennis Patrons and the Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation, JCYS designed and implemented a new afternoon camp at the JCYS Max Davidson Tennis & Swim Center for children who attend summer school at Oak Terrace Elementary. Thirty-five children participated in JCYS Grand Slam Tennis Camp’s inaugural season, with 20 of these children receiving full scholarships. The combination of morning educational classes and afternoon tennis and swimming facilitates campers’ academic achievement, perseverance, self-confidence, and socialization skills, while also promoting an active, healthy lifestyle. • hing Superheroes was h! dishes after lunc • JCYS Camp STAR provided treatment to 28 children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and related behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties. Campers developed academic skills in the classroom and also participated in recreational activities, such as sports, field trips and swimming. Staff adeptly integrated a variety of treatment components into these activity sessions. The program was run jointly with clinicians from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the first of its kind in the Midwest. JCYS NSDC Sports campers experienced a weekly session on learning values through sports with Rabbi James Gordon and JCYS Executive Director Marty Oliff. Rabbi Gordon discussed current sports headlines and shared stories that incorporated the values of sportsmanship, perseverance, respecting one’s body and teamwork. • we had at A BALL 9


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JCYS Camp Henry Horner JCYS Camp Henry Horner (CHH) offers a dynamic day and overnight camp experience in a beautiful environment. Located in Ingleside, Illinois, the camp’s facilities include a heated pool, high- and low-ropes course, arts and crafts center, skateboard and rollerblade course, athletic fields and courts, and beach waterfront complete with boats, campfire circle, and Aqua Jump. Day camp serves children from kindergarten through eighth grade, while overnight camp serves children in fourth through ninth grade. • JCYS Camp Henry Horner reached record breaking attendance in summer 2008 with more than 300 campers enjoying six wonderful weeks of overnight camp. Six campers came from New Orleans on a special scholarship that enabled these children to experience summer camp for the first time. Still healing from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, these campers left Camp Henry Horner with amazing memories and lifelong friendships. JCYS Camp Henry Horner Day Camp averaged 215 campers in the summer of 2008. The JCYS Camp Henry Horner Outdoor Education program and JCYS Glickman High Sierra Adventure Center served nearly 3,800 students this past year, enriching students’ lives with educational programs about the natural world and activities that promote teamwork, communication, problem-solving and leadership. • • • g kin a e br d r e in c co n e a R nd e ! t at 08 0 2 10


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JCYS Camp Red Leaf JCYS Camp Red Leaf (CRL) offers year-round recreational, educational and therapeutic programs to youth and adults with developmental disabilities. • In summer 2008, JCYS Camp Red Leaf served 129 youth and 200 adult campers with special needs, as well as 32 participants in Travel Camp. JCYS Camp Red Leaf also expanded its summer by three weeks through a partnership with the Spina Bifida Association of Illinois. The partnership, called Camp Ability, served 87 additional campers with special needs. JCYS Camp Red Leaf was pleased to open the Sacks Family Recreation Center. This beautiful air-conditioned multipurpose building allows for more convenient recreation and dining for the CRL campers. JCYS Camp Red Leaf served 85 weekend respite campers throughout the school year. Highlights of the respite weekend programs included two adult travel camp weekends to the Wisconsin Dells, as well as indoor swimming, art projects, and theater field trips. • • 11


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Golf Outing JCYS welcomed 60 golfers to Bryn Mawr Country Club for the 10th Annual Golf Outing on September 23, 2008. Board Members, Alumni, and friends enjoyed perfect weather, lunch along the course, and a fun day of camaraderie. Their support helped JCYS raise $28,000 towards the agency’s programs and scholarship fund. Max-Am More than 80 aspiring tennis stars and JCYS supporters temporarily forgot the winter blues as they came together for the 2009 Max-Am on January 22 at the East Bank Club. Attendees enjoyed a live and silent auction, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, tennis drills, and a video presentation about the JCYS Max Davidson Tennis & Swim Center (“The Max”). Thanks to the generosity of the Max-Am participants and sponsors, JCYS raised $40,000 in support of scholarships and programming at The Max. Annual Meeting Nearly 150 friends of the agency gathered together on September 23, 2008 for the 101st Annual Meeting, held at Bryn Mawr Country Club. Board President Steven Glick led the presentation portion of the evening, which included the installation of the 2009 Board of Directors. JCYS also recognized several community leaders for their impact on the agency in the previous year. Honorees included Allan Reich (recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award), Arnie Baron (recipient of the Shirley and Hilton Leibow Award), Dr. Jerry Field (recipient of the Mitzvah Award), and the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund (recipient of the Tree of Life Award). Night of 101 Laughs On May 9, 2009, more than 300 friends of the agency came together at the Park West Theater in Lincoln Park for A Night of 101 Laughs. Throughout the evening, guests sipped on cocktails, enjoyed humorous skits performed by Second City, and bid generously on silent and live auction items. Along with the Adbook Campaign, the event raised $157,000 towards program support and scholarships for children and families in need. 13



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