1% for Youth Service Project

Youth Service Project, Inc. (YSP) is a predominately Latino and African-American community-building youth based organization in the Greater Humboldt Park community of Chicago. YSP’s mission is dedicated to creating a nurturing environment that promotes self-awareness, accountability, and respect. Currently, YSP owns a "storefront" that is approximately 2000 square feet and has fallen into disrepair to the point of being unusable. 

As part of our mission to donate 1% of our professional services, Latent Design facilitated a programming session with YSP staff to develop a framework to transform the storefront into a multi-use space for youth activities, community programming, and agency events. To make the entire space usable, we believe that we need a thorough rehabilitation of the space that would include installing a new heating and air conditioning system, install adequate lighting and flooring, repair the walls, and renovate the two bathrooms. In addition, the space is designed for a kitchen (that we could use for hosting groups and teaching youth cooking skills), a few small offices and a much smaller meeting space.  The primary objective is to create an attractive, flexible, green space that can host different types and sizes of groups.

Katherine Darnstadt