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2008 Annual Report

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Family Centers J C Y S G E O R G E W. L U T Z F A M I LY C E N T E R 800 Clavey Road Highland Park, IL 60035 Telephone: 847-433-6001 Fax: 847-433-6003 B r e n d a W e i t z b e r g , Director of North Shore Operations J C Y S N O R T H W E S T F A M I LY C E N T E R 1700 Weiland Road Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 Telephone: 847-279-0900 Fax: 847-279-0909 M i c h a e l G a r l i n , Director A l l i s o n D e u t s c h , Assistant Director J C Y S L A K E V I E W FA M I LY C E N T E R 957 W. Grace Street Chicago, IL 60613 Telephone: 773-281-2533 Fax: 773-281-2403 J e a n L o s e k , Director of Chicago Operations D e b b i e H e i f i t z P o r t e r , Director JC Y S O R CH A RD B R AN C H 1726 N. Orchard Street Chicago, IL 60614 Telephone: 312-482-9517 Fax: 312-482-8174 J e a n L o s e k , Director of Chicago Operations Camp and Recreation Programs JC YS C AM P H ENR Y H O RNER 26710 W. Nippersink Road Ingleside, IL 60041 Telephone: 847-740-5010 Fax: 847-740-5014 K e n l e y P e r r y , Director J C Y S N O R T H S H O R E D AY C A M P / N S D C S P O R T S / C A M P S TA R Winter Address 800 Clavey Road Highland Park, IL 60035 Telephone: 847-433-6001 Fax: 847-433-6003 J o h a n n a S i e v e r s , Director JC Y S M A X DAVI DSO N TENNIS & SWIM CENTER 1195 Half Day Road Highland Park, IL 60035 Summer Phone: 847-432-6355 Winter Phone: 847-433-6001 Fax: 847-433-6003 Te r r y G r o s s b e r g , Site Director Teen Programming JCYS T EAMCORPS 1726 N. Orchard Street Chicago, IL 60614 Telephone: 312-482-9517 Fax: 312-482-8174 E l y s a b e t h A s h e , Director Programs for Individuals with Disabilities JCYS CAM P RED LEAF 26710 W. Nippersink Road Ingleside, IL 60041 Telephone: 847-740-5010 Fax: 847-740-5014 A n t h o n y W a r n e r , Director 1


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Table of Contents JCYS – A Century of Service …… 2 Letter from the President and Executive Director …… 4 Feature Articles and Program Updates …… 6 JCYS Events …… 17 Fiscal Year 2008 Financials …… 19 Agency Leadership …… 21 Donations …… 24


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Tracing our Beginnings JCYS – A Century of Service Camp Henry Horner Founded 1940 Humboldt Park Boys’ Club 1941-1953 American Boys’ Commonwealth 1920-1929 Camp Wilson 1914-1918 Camp Harding 1918-1922 Camp Wooster 1923-1940 Boys’ Brotherhood Republic 1946-1956 1940s 1950s 1930s Deborah Boys' Club at Ainslee & Kimball 1950-1975 South Shore Youth Center 1954-1972 1920s 1900s November 1870s Deborah Women's Club 1872-1972 1907 Young Men’s Associated Jewish Charities was founded Deborah Boys' Club on Division Street 1930-1949 Albany Park Boys’ Club 1934-1945 2


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For 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. Initially, as Young Men's Associated Jewish Charities, the agency's young leaders focused on garnering financial support for local Jewish aid organizations. By 1914, these leaders recognized a need in the Jewish immigrant community for social and recreational services designed for youth. The agency responded with a variety of programs that soon attracted individuals of many different backgrounds. And thus, the JCYS of today was born – an organization dedicated to serving the unmet needs of Jewish children, their families, and the greater Chicago community. For a century, JCYS has touched the lives of individuals throughout Chicago with top-notch programs and a steadfast commitment to meeting the needs of those we serve. This legacy will continue to shape the agency as it enters its second century of service. 2000s 1990s 1970s 1960s Ruth Lodge for the Handicapped Founded 1961 North Shore Day Camp Founded 1975 New Horizons Day Camp 1976-1984 Center for Enriched Living Founded 1977 Lincoln Park Child Care Center (Renamed Lakeview Family Center in 2001) Founded 1978 North Shore Child Care Center 1979-1993 1980s Morton Grove Parent and Child Care Center 1980-1985 Camp Red Leaf Founded 1984 Wheeling Child Care Center 1987-1990 George W. Lutz Family Center Founded 1993 Camp-on-Wheels Founded 1993 Adventure Education (Renamed TEAMcorps in 2008) Founded 1997 Northwest Family Center Founded 2000 Max Davidson Tennis & Swim Center Founded 2000 Orchard Branch Founded 2003 3


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Outlining Our Vision Letter from the President and Executive Director Dear Friends, It seems like just yesterday that we put forward our exciting plans for the 100th year of Jewish Council for Youth Services. Nearly a year has passed, and we are pleased to report that not only did we achieve our goals, but we significantly exceeded our expectations. Permit us to boast a bit on behalf of the 100th anniversary of JCYS! Our Centennial Gala was the most successful in JCYS history. The honorees, Michael and Karyn Lutz, helped attract 600 attendees who danced the evening away and bid generously on the live and silent auctions. Many thanks to Gala Co-chairs – Alyssa Knobel and Allen Rogoway – and Auction Co-chairs – Allison Mandell and Jason Rhodes, as well as our Development Staff – for successfully spearheading a masterpiece! At the Gala, we distributed our memory book – A Celebration of Our Century: JCYS/Young Men’s First 100 Years. It is filled with photographs and first-hand accounts chronicling how this independent agency has maintained its commitment to helping children and families for 100 years. Kudos to Nancy Pollack, Memory Book Committee Chairperson, for helping direct the creation of this important record of JCYS, as well as Lisa Kudish and Susan Rochlis for the writing and editing. Our Capital Committee and staff prioritized key facility needs in Lakeview and Highland Park to be funded through the JCYS Second Century Capital Campaign. We are delighted to report that we have raised more than $4 million towards our total campaign goal! Special thanks to Campaign Committee Co-chairs Lisa Jericho, Dan Pollack, Joshua Rinkov and Phyllis Tabachnick. Our camps thrived this summer. In a partnership with University of Illinois at Chicago, we launched JCYS Camp STAR as part of our North Shore Operations. This program serves children with ADD and ADHD. Our inaugural summer had 28 children coming from all over the Chicago area for a program, which combines treatment and camp fun. The JCYS Max Davidson Tennis & Swim Center was the site for our new Grand Slam Tennis Camp, which served 35 children who were fortunate to be able to attend this half-day camp to complement their mornings in summer school. Eight victims of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans enjoyed two weeks at JCYS Camp Henry Horner this summer. Due largely to the generosity of the Sacks Family Foundation, as well as the Ruth Lodge Women, the estate of Dr. Emery Robert, and the State of Illinois, we have opened the new Sacks Family Recreation Center at JCYS Camp Red Leaf. This building functions as a much needed dining area for our campers with special needs. When campers are not eating, the tables and chairs give way to a large open space for indoor games and play. Our program participants at the JCYS Northwest Family Center returned this fall to find that a second dance studio has been created to allow JCYS to serve additional children. A dance camp is also in the plans for next summer. 4


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The Agency’s mission of developing leaders for the community continued in a big way this year as Board Members with numerous years of JCYS experience moved on to leadership opportunities with other organizations. In their place, we have added eight new Designates to the Board to carry on with our tradition. We all know that it took tremendous support to be successful in our 100th year initiatives. There is not enough space in this letter to name all the volunteers and staff members who helped to make this year special. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you for helping JCYS make its 100th year so wonderful. Regards, Steven Glick President, JCYS Board of Directors Martin Oliff, Ph.D. JCYS Executive Director 5


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Illustrating our Success Feature Articles and Program Updates “It’s the first time that he’s in a group that understands him and that works to his strengths and guides him.” – Linda Weaver, speaking about her son’s experience at JCYS Camp STAR 6


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JCYS Centennial Gala: The Celebration of the Century On May 3rd, Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) held its Centennial Gala – The Celebration of the Century – at The Hilton Chicago. The evening’s 600 attendees celebrated 100 years of service to Chicago area children and families and honored Michael and Karyn Lutz, wonderful supporters of the Agency. Along with the 2008 Adbook campaign, the event raised nearly $400,000 towards program support and scholarships for children and families who otherwise could not afford JCYS’ vital programming. The evening’s attractions included a Memory Gallery featuring JCYS artifacts and photographs collected over a century. Guests received a book – A Celebration of Our Century: JCYS/Young Men’s First 100 Years – chronicling the Agency’s history. Guests also bid on more than 100 live and silent auction packages, including luxury vacations to Hawaii, Colorado and the Bahamas; VIP tickets to the US Open; a walk-on role on HBO’s hit series Curb Your Enthusiasm; and several goodies and gift certificates donated by Chicago’s hottest restaurants, salons and boutiques. JCYS is grateful for the generous support of this year’s Gala sponsors: Bernard and Marjorie Mitchell Family Foundation, Chase, Efraim Carlson & Son, Inc., The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, Cynthia and Lawrence Fields, The Howard B. Bernick Foundation, Howard and Loren Friend, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Glickman, Harris Bank Glencoe, Hutter Architects, Ltd., Ken Arlen Orchestra, Magellan Development, Mesirow Financial, Nationwide Acceptance Corporation, The PrivateBank, Ellie and Frederick R. Schwimmer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP , Phyllis Tabachnick and Robert Friedman, and William J. Harte, Ltd. Special thanks to Kehoe Designs, Chuck Libman – Metropolitan Press, Ernie Schubert – Mixed Media, and The Hilton Chicago. 7


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JCYS would also like to acknowledge this year’s Board and Alumni leadership for all their hard work and dedication: Gala Co-chairs Alyssa Knobel and Allen L. Rogoway, Centennial Celebration Co-chairs Phyllis Tabachnick and Dan Pollack, Auction Co-chairs Allison M. Mandell and Jason Rhodes and Memory Book Committee Chair Nancy Pollack. Honoree Spotlight: Michael and Karyn Lutz Karyn and Michael were born and raised in Chicago and attended Chicago public schools. Immediately upon Michael’s receiving a degree in history from Princeton University, they were married in June 1964, and moved to Deerfield in December 1968 where they still reside. They are blessed with two children, Amy and Jonathan, a son-in-law, Ira, a daughter-in-law, Jennifer, and five grandchildren, Lindsay, Zachary, Bari, Jacob George, and Julia. Their nephew, Bruce Lutz, and his family, also ardent supporters of JCYS, live in Redding, California. Michael’s relationship to JCYS (formerly Young Men’s Jewish Council) began as a teenager when he was a member of the Deborah Boys’ Club, and as an occasional visitor to Camp Henry Horner with the Chuck Desser family. He joined the Young Men’s Board of Directors in 1968 and, under the guidance of his mentor, David Schulman, became president in 1977-78. The Lutz Family has made leading gifts to JCYS to acquire and renovate the JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center in Highland Park, and now one that will help build a new structure in memory of Lillian Lutz to house JCYS’ family center in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. 8


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Camp STAR – Shining a New Light on JCYS “Last year our son, who has ADHD, left his camp three weeks early because the camp couldn’t address his needs. He told us he never wanted to go to camp again.” Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood mental health disorders. Children with behavioral, emotional, and social deficits associated with ADHD often struggle to succeed in social settings, including the traditional classroom and summer camp environment. They face challenges ranging from social exclusion to difficulty completing activities due to impulse-control issues, deficient social skills, and an inability to sustain attention. Most summer camps lack the necessary training and resources required to address the needs of children with ADHD – and, as a result, too many children are underserved and under-treated. This past summer, JCYS collaborated with the Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning Problems (HALP) Clinic at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry to launch JCYS Camp STAR, an evidence-based Summer Treatment Program for children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and related social and behavioral issues. JCYS Camp STAR blends typical camp activities with individualized treatment plans, educational services, parent training sessions, and pharmacological evaluations to create a meaningful summer camp experience for children with behavioral and social disabilities. JCYS Camp STAR is one of only seven Summer Treatment Programs in the nation and the only program in Illinois. “(JCYS) Camp STAR has been amazing. Now, he’s excited to go every morning.” JCYS Camp STAR is unique because it combines typical camp activities with evidence-based treatment. Children between the ages of six and 12 enjoy physical activities such as swimming, tennis, soccer, and basketball, while also receiving critical early intervention services that help campers acquire needed social and behavioral skills. JCYS Camp STAR addresses the needs of its campers with a higher than typical staffto-camper ratio, and gives children an opportunity to experience success in academics, athletics, and social situations – success that leads to improved self-esteem, confidence, and ability. “It’s the first time that he’s in a group that understands him and that works to his strengths and guides him,” says Linda Weaver, speaking about her son, Philip. 9


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“The parent training is one of the best parts of the camp. Not only is our son in an amazing camp where he gets to engage in sports and academic learning, but we parents are given tools to help us manage his ADHD at home.” All of the campers’ parents receive extensive wrap-around support from the clinical staff at JCYS Camp STAR. Weekly sessions equip parents with the tools to effectively manage their child’s behavior at home and also provide parents with an opportunity to gain more knowledge regarding treatment options. After the official conclusion of camp, parents attend monthly sessions for enhanced support. Additionally, the clinical staff prepares a comprehensive report on each child that includes a summary of the camper’s progress and an explanation of the most effective behavioral techniques – which parents can then share with their child’s teachers and physicians. “I am getting better.” JCYS programs have evolved to fit today’s needs, and nothing exemplifies this better than JCYS Camp STAR. This past summer, JCYS Camp STAR registration was nearly at capacity, with the majority of families requesting scholarship support. JCYS is committed to offering this life-changing opportunity to these children and their families year after year. Laura Rudman’s son Ben was miserable at other camps. But after only a short time at JCYS Camp STAR, Ben seems to have more self-esteem and a better understanding of his abilities. “Not only is he having a great time, but he really wants to come back. So, I sort of think of it as a miracle.” 10


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JCYS Northwest Family Center The JCYS Northwest Family Center (NWFC) is a warm and welcoming place. The Center’s doors are always open, supporting individual families and responding to changing family and community needs. In addition to early childhood education, the Center provides developmentally-based childcare and after-school enrichment programs for children ages two to 11 years old. • The Center’s new basketball program Next Level Performance Basketball – led by former Chicago Bulls’ champion Dickey Simpkins – was a huge success with more than 30 third through fifth graders suiting up to learn the game. • Registration for the Center’s On Your Toes Academy of Dance topped out at over 250 students and a new partnership with the American Academy of Ballet in New York was hugely successful. • More than 45 children enjoyed the Center’s after-school program each day. New curriculum including the introduction of woodworking, photography, science experiments, mobile making, dodge ball, golf and rocketry activities was a huge hit. • The Center for Enriched Living, the Lookingglass Theatre Company and JCYS once again joined forces in offering a theater program for teens with and without special needs. This program has been a huge success, encouraging children from local junior high and high schools to perform together with children who have developmental disabilities. • In its second year, JCYS Horner Grove Day Camp – a not-tobe missed day camp experience for pre-kindergartners, kindergartners and first-graders – surpassed first year enrollment numbers with 103 campers. 11


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JCYS Max Davidson Tennis & Swim Center The JCYS Max Davidson Tennis & Swim Center – also known as The Max – promotes family oriented activities at its pool, tennis and sport courts. All of The Max’s events are geared towards giving North Shore families a relaxing retreat from their busy lives while providing maximum fun for their children – at a great value. The Max served up more summer programming than ever before. The programming line-up • included private, semi-private and group swim instruction; tennis and sports programs featuring exciting new elements; Club Max – an after-camp day supervised free swim; Fit 4 Kids™ – an original fitness program, which gets kids moving and shows them fitness is fun; and a host of special programs to maximize summer fun. The Max also hosted its first “Family Fun Day” • fundraiser. Adults played in a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, while kids enjoyed the pool, tennis and sports courts. 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, Camp’s facilities include a heated pool, high- and low-ropes course, arts and crafts center, skateboard and roller blade course, athletic fields and courts, and a waterfront equipped with boats, a campfire circle, an aqua jump and beach. Day Camp serves children from kindergarten through eighth grade, and Overnight Camp serves children in fourth grade through ninth grade. • JCYS Camp Henry Horner’s numbers soared in summer 2007 with 284 overnight campers and 270 (average daily attendance) day campers. • Lights on! That’s right, the pool lights stayed on after dark, bringing hugely successful “night swims” to the CHH programming line-up. • CHH is always updating and improving facilities. Junior Village overnight campers enjoyed four newly renovated cabins – featuring new carpeting, a private counselor area, a deck for one cabin, and… air conditioning! Additional CHH enhancements include a brand-new, second baseball diamond, reconfigured main athletic field, and skate park renovation and expansion. 12


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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. CRL is one of a few residential American Camp Association (ACA) accredited camps serving children and adults with special needs in metropolitan Chicago. During overnight camp programs and residential respite weekends, campers enjoy enriching activities in a nurturing environment while their parents and caregivers benefit from this opportunity for much-needed rest and rejuvenation. • Each summer, CRL’s Travel Camp hits the road for a fantastic 10-day journey to a U.S. destination, giving adult campers with special needs the chance to see the country. For summer 2007, a record-setting 40 campers smiled and sang all the way to Denver, Colorado. • CRL had record-setting enrollment numbers serving more than 375 campers: nearly 25 more campers and families compared to last summer’s enrollment. • Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Sacks Family Foundation, a new multi-purpose recreation center opened this past summer. • New CRL features included an expanded High Ropes program and adaptive archery equipment, which helped CRL campers develop gross motor skills while having fun. CRL was also thrilled to add an adult respite weekend to its offerings. • CRL continues to strengthen its community relationships in order to better serve current campers, as well as to reach out to additional individuals with special needs. CRL fostered relationships with Western Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) – a collaboration of nine park districts and two villages which work together to serve the recreation needs of their residents who have disabilities, and Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA) – an association providing leisure and recreation activities for adults and children with disabilities who live in Warren Township. • The JCYS High Sierra Adventure Center and JCYS Camp Red Leaf joined forces with the Gurnee Counseling Center to work with at-risk girls ages nine through 11. The program promotes self-esteem, communication, relationship-building and trust. 13



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