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"A tree is known by the fruit it bears..."


We believe that just as a tree is known by the fruit it bears, a company is known by its' staff. Our staff are our most prized possession. Our team is a g​roup of amazing individuals who not only provide thoughtful programming but create an amazing youth-centered culture that intentionally goes beyond the norm. We recruit the best, train the best and expect the best. Our combined years of youth programming spans over 150 years and counting. From previous college advisers and teachers to knowledgeable public service personnel and clinical psychologists, our team is a think tank. 

Africa Welcomes AAYD for the Launch of International Division

Adults Active in Youth Development is proud to announce the launch of the International Division based in Ghana and Rwanda, Africa.

Wealth  Building Conference

Entrepreneurship, career advancement, and investing.  May 2023 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Connect, learn, build. Speakers discussing building wealth experience unparalleled access to the resources and support you need to build and preserve generational wealth.

For Kids by Kids: Kid's Kafe

The Kid's Kafe is an online community of youth against unhealthy choices from poor eating habits to bullying.

Summer STEM

STEM summers are an eight-week hands on adventure held in multiple towns and villages in the south suburban area of Chicago. Various components including math enrichment, foreign language, health and nutrition education, environmental club, engineering club, field trips, and professional speakers launch participants towards a successful school year.

"Eating Healthy with Peyton"

Children learn the importance of a nutritional diet through workshops, healthy meal creations and organic meal tasting with youth chef and hostess, Peyton M. This project i​nspired the launch of the Healthy Snack Kids program which provides nutritional snacks and meals at every AAYD event.

AAYD Youth Workforce

Designed with the success of every participant in mind, this program provides hands-on training and professional development to local youth.  Learning employability skills and the hiring process is just the beginning for AAYD Youth Workers.  Continued support and weekly training sessions after securing their first job (often at other AAYD programs) gives them the confidence to shine in any professional setting.

Community Engagement

Our community engagement projects are the result of an Illinois Department of Human Services grant designed to reduce delinquency and violence in the villages of Dixmoor, Riverdale and Phoenix and city of Harvey. We work with stakeholders and residents in these areas to identify ways to produce sustainable impact. 

Voices of Peace

Voices of Peace is a mentoring program held at Rosa Parks Middle School in Harvey sponsored by the Housing Authority of Cook County, Safe and Thriving Communities Project and Illinois Department of Human Services. 

The Leaders Walk Away (LWA) Project

Currently held at Brooks Middle School for its third cohort, local "Credible Messengers" provide group mentoring and leadership training to Cook County youth using the awesome LWA curriculum! This program received special recognition in School District 152, winning the honorable Harvey's Heroes Award, Spring of 2022.

STEM Mobility

Partnering with local youth programs, this project ensures STEM education is accessible to all.  Youths expand their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math through weekly interactive STEM sessions.  Some locations include the Harvey Library, Phoenix Library, Riverdale Park District, Brooks Middle School and local before and after care locations.

Chicago as a Classroom

This is a technical assistance program aiding cook county home daycare centers in increasing/improving the educational component of their overall programming through workshops and staff training.

"Wellness Checks for Kids"

Funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, this program assists adolescent youth and their families to make regular wellness visits. We work with cook county middle schools and local high schools to share health related information via workshops, Public Service Announcement development and parent training.


Themed, interactive STEM enrichment events are now available to kids across South Suburban Cook County. This traveling team of scientists combine education with entertainment to inspire the next generation of professional innovators.

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