In an effort to facilitate positive experiences for the youth of Oak Park and River Forest, Oak Park and River Forest Townships contract with more than 20 agencies annually, offering more than 50 educational, recreational and vocational programs that engage young residents. Opportunities include after-school homework help, to peer support for substance abuse, and job readiness skill-building, and offer a wide variety of learning experiences for children of all ages.

Our all-volunteer Youth Services Committee, consisting of Oak Park and River Forest residents, advises the Township Boards with funding recommendations based on available funds and addressing Youth Services' priorities of: 

  • Literacy

  • Substance abuse prevention, education and early intervention

  • Job readiness

The programs funded in the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year are listed in the PDF document below.

Contract List FY17

For listings of past contractors and amounts funded, see Annual Reports.

The application period for contractor funding for the upcoming fiscal year is now open.  The deadline for contract request forms is Thursday, January 12th.  You may download a copy of the FY18 contract request form here in a Word .doc file format or here in a .pdf file format

For more information, please contact Youth Services at 708-445-2727.  



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