Category - Members

Member Benefits

A powerful and respected advocate, Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) is the unifying voice of human service agencies serving children, youth, and families at the State Capitol where laws and funding can impact your mission.

Whether it’s state funding to ensure that you can recruit and retain an effective workforce, professional licensing policy, juvenile detention practices, or Medicaid reform, ICOY advocates within the legislative and executive branches on behalf of members and the children, youth, and families you serve.

We partner with you to build brighter futures. ICOY member organizations are as diverse in size, programming, and structure as the children, youth, families, and communities they serve. What they have in common is a commitment to serving the needs of the children and youth of Illinois. Some of our member benefits include:

Advocacy:

ICOY advocates within the legislative and executive branches on behalf of members. Our policy team monitor analyzes, and acts on legislation that affects children and youth facilitates an open dialogue between public officials and private providers and convenes providers to shape practices and policies that improve outcomes for children and youth.

Representation in the field:

ICOY staff attend meetings and serve on committees across the state on behalf of the membership. We advocate and serve as a voice in the room when issues are discussed and decisions are made that will impact your work with the child welfare system, homeless youth and the juvenile justice system.

Cost-saving opportunities:

Members receive a 25% discount for Council on Accreditation (COA) accreditation and re-accreditation fees. ICOY members can also get discounted rates on electricity and gas for their facilities through APPI Energy.

Job postings:

We promote members’ job openings through postings on our website and social media. If you’re an ICOY member and would like to post an open position from your organization, please contact Alex Hylka for more details.

Discounted training:

ICOY members receive up to 30% off of ICOY training, customized for their staff needs, on topics such as trauma-informed care, positive youth development, cultural diversity and awareness, and more.

Email updates:

Our bi-weekly newsletters include breaking news, analysis, funding opportunities, and resources curated to be of special interest to our members’ staff.

Members-only events:

Twice a year, ICOY hosts events -- exclusively for the benefit of member organizations and their staff. Member events include:

    • Presentations from high-ranking state officials and politicians
    • Workshops on relevant issues in the field
    • Opportunities to network with peer organizations from across the state, and much more

For more information about ICOY membership, please contact Alex Hylka, Quality Assurance and Membership Manager.

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