Youth Guidance offers programs to help Chicago kids and teens succeed

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
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Community resource coordinator Charles Miles and student TK Knowlin share how the group Youth Guidance works with kids to help keep them away from violence.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Youth Guidance is an organization in Chicago that works to help kids overcome obstacles.

Charles Miles is a community resource coordinator.

"We run a plethora of programs," Miles said. "The community and after-school program team works to build glue around the community and support system of the school."

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He said there's one thing kids need to succeed: hope.

"A lot of the students that come from these stressed and traumatized environments don't see hope," Miles said. "Our job is to co-parent them and to open up lanes and avenues for them to see themselves be successful."

TK Knowlin is a student in the program.

"This program has really showed me that it's ok for you to step out of your comfort zone and that it's ok to be uncomfortable," Knowlin said.

She's planning to study criminology in college.