Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

SGA Youth & Family Services

  • Chicago, IL
  • http://www.sga-youth.org

Mission Statement

SGA's mission is to help children, families and communities facing great challenges to realize their potential.

To accomplish our mission, SGA will lead the evolution of services to transform challenged neighborhoods in the greater Chicago area into healthy communities. We offer services across Chicago, with special concentrations on Chicago's South and West sides, specifically in the Brighton Park, Roseland and Woodlawn neighborhoods.

For the thousands of children, families and communities facing great challenges across Chicagoland, SGA is replacing the cycle of poverty with the Cycle of Opportunity—offering support services from cradle to career. This innovative model fosters resiliency, instills hope and helps individuals realize their potential—creating sustainable change that can be passed from one generation to the next. Individual by individual, family by family, block by block, the Cycle of Opportunity is transforming challenged neighborhoods into healthy communities.

In practice, the Cycle of Opportunity is a continuum of comprehensive services, focused on young parents, early childhood development, educational supports, employment and community development.

Main Programs

  1. Parenting
  2. Early Childhood Development
  3. Educational Supports
  4. Workforce Development
  5. Community Development
Service Areas

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Illinois

The greater Chicago area.

ruling year

1952

President & CEO since 1998

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Dr. Susana Marotta

Executive Director since 2000

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Martha Guerrero

Keywords

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youth, at-risk youth, families, adolescents, mental health, therapy, teenagers, schools, homeless, juvenile justice, teen parenting, community development, autism, substance abuse, prevention, intervention

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Also Known As

SGA

EIN

36-2167916

 Number

4080284882

Physical Address

11 E. Adams Street Suite 1500

Chicago, IL 60603

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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SGA is committed to fulfilling its mission with respect, integrity and accountability.

Programs

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Program 1

Parenting

SGA's parenting programs work begins with expectant mothers to reduce the infant mortality rate and help prepare them for birth. Through home-visiting programs, SGA provides parents of young children with early childhood development guidance, parenting tips and safety assessments. SGA specializes in working with teen parents, often in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools. Teen parent programs may also include early childhood and parenting education, while offering additional supports including job training and placement, education services and case management.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Adults

Budget

Program 2

Early Childhood Development

SGA is a city leader in early childhood development, providing both direct services and consulting. Services include Early Head Start and Head Start, utilizing the Parents as Teachers curriculum to serve 500 children, ages 0-5, through a home visiting model that includes weekly group sessions and ongoing parent training. SGA embeds mental health consulting in its early childhood programs, ensuring social-emotional health of both the child and parent. Because of SGA's success in early childhood programming, the agency serves as a consultant for Head Start, Early Head Start and childcare providers across Chicago. Additionally, SGA leads consortia that focus on policies and best practices in the areas of infant mortality reduction and early childhood development.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Program 3

Educational Supports

SGA is a strategic partner with Chicago Public Schools, with staff embedded in more than 100 elementary and high school sites. Knowing that students can only learn when they are in a safe environment, SGA hires and trains community residents to provide safe passage to designated schools and extracurricular activities in targeted, high-violence communities. Within the schools, SGA may offer crisis intervention; individual, group, and family counseling; mentoring; gang diversion, drug and alcohol education; parent education; family engagement; classroom supports; and case management services. SGA offers college and career readiness, through a range of programs from those targeting youth involved in the juvenile justice system or local gangs to support services for high-performing student leaders who will be the first in their families to attend college. Together, these wrap-around supports ensure Chicago's youth have the opportunity to excel in both school and life.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

Program 4

Workforce Development

Targeting out-of-school youth, including those involved in the juvenile justice system, SGA's workforce development services provide vocational training, job readiness preparation and job placement coupled with wrap-around supports, including financial literacy, educational remediation, case management, counseling and life skills training.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

Program 5

Community Development

Using its 106 years of experience and organizational strengths, SGA is embarking on an innovative venture: social service delivery models. Our current projects include Roseland Children's Initiative and SGA's partnership with the Preservation of Affordable Housing at Woodlawn Resource Center. Both sites are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of the community and overcome limitations of traditional approaches of social service delivery by providing the Cycle of Opportunity continuum of comprehensive services for children
and their families. Community residents are deeply involved in all aspects of planning and implementation. By strategically expanding these cradle-to-career services family by family, block by block until the community reaches a tipping point and realizes long-term, sustainable transformation.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    SGA helps children, families and communities facing great challenges to realize their potential.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

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Illinois

The greater Chicago area.

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SGA Youth & Family Services NFP
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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SGA Youth & Family Services

Leadership

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President & CEO

Dr. Susana Marotta

Executive Director

Martha Guerrero

BIO

Susana Marotta joined SGA as Executive Director (now President/CEO) in 1997. During her tenure in leadership at SGA, the agency's annual budget has grown from $200,000 to more than $11M, and SGA has received numerous honors including selection as Illinois only recipient of the prestigious Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant for the Roseland Children's Initiative and selection as an inaugural grantee of Illinois' first Social Impact Bond awards.

A native of Argentina, she holds a Master's degree and doctoral studies in psychology from John Fitzgerald Kennedy University in Buenos Aires and completed her PhD in clinical social work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work, specializing in the intergenerational transmission of abuse. Susana has extensive experience in the mental health field in private practice and at a mental health hospital in Argentina.

Before joining SGA, she served at Viva Family Center with Children's Home + Aid in Chicago, first as the clinical supervisor of the mental health program and then as director. At Viva, she oversaw the daily operations of many diverse programs, including mental health services, home-based day care, Head Start, HIV/AIDS counseling and prevention, and school-based violence prevention.

Susana is active as a community leader, serving on numerous boards and committees including the Leadership Council for Thrive Chicago, the board for the Institute for Clinical Social Work and an active member of Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY). She regularly presents in the field on a range of clinical and administrative topics.

STATEMENT FROM THE President & CEO

"Today, SGA's services are more relevant than ever before. Chicago stands at a crossroads. In 2016, we saw a surge in gun violence: 4,331 shooting victims and 764 murders, the highest level since 1997 and a 58% jump from 2015. These shocking statistics should be seen as a cry for help—and SGA and its network of supporters must answer that call.

Talking with our clients—including victims' family members and neighborhood leaders—we see a recurring theme: Our city's at-risk youth feel hopeless. They're isolated geographically, socially and emotionally. Equity is elusive. Disenfranchised youth don't expect to live past age 21, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy far too often.

At SGA Youth & Family Services, our core mission is to help children, families and communities facing these great challenges to realize their potential. In practice, it's our job to help connect children and youth to opportunities—to ensure they have the education, job skills, safety, housing, transportation, healthcare and support they need. It's only when these basic support systems are in place that families can create a better life for themselves and ultimately for Chicago. It's only then that they can dare to hope.

We have seen firsthand the incredible resilience among the families and neighborhoods whom we serve. At SGA, our approach is to serve the individual, providing comprehensive cradle-to-career programs. Our goal is to reach a tipping point in Chicago's most challenged neighborhoods, so the individuals we serve become the catalyst for change in their own neighborhoods. We call this the Cycle of Opportunity.

We can't do it alone. It takes strategic partnerships with numerous neighborhood organizations, city services,
national initiatives and business leaders to create change. And it takes the help of our donors and friends, whose
investments power these vital programs. On behalf of our clients and staff, thank you for standing with SGA and helping forge lasting change in Chicago.

Susana Marotta
President & CEO"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Karen Stone Kaplan

Community Volunteer

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?