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ICOY Welcomes Our New Board Chair

Viviane Ngwa is an Illinois licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 25 years of experience in the human service field in both non-profit…

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Health and Human Services Workforce Symposium

Join Illinois Collaboration On Youth (ICOY) and Illinois Partners for Human Services for the first Health and Human Services Workforce Symposium. This hybrid event will support the health…

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Shifting the Narrative on Abuse and Neglect

Recently, the ICOY Policy Team hosted a panel discussion, “Shifting the Narrative on Abuse and Neglect.” It focused on prevention, policy solutions, and the…

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Coming Around Full Circle

I grew up on the south side of Chicago. My mother always emphasized the importance of staying engaged in youth organizations. She felt as…

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National Mental Health & Trauma Awareness Month

May marks National Mental Health Awareness Month and National Trauma Awareness Month. This month I reflect on my previous and current work with trauma…

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Honoring the Invisibilities of Women’s History Month  

Content warning: violence against women, physical forms of violence, sexual violence, rape, domestic violence, colonial violence, trauma, bystander    Woman’s History Month was something that…

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International Women’s Day

A few years ago, I worked as an Event Specialist for corporate grocery retail. My job included leading cooking demonstrations and creating department and…

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Support Black Community as an Ally 

Disclaimer: this post is a reflection of a staff member. I do not claim to be an expert on anything, with the exception of…

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Black History Month Highlight: Project Oz

During Black History Month, ICOY invited member organizations to join the celebration by submitting a blog post highlighting a black hero who has impacted…

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Meet the Rising. Elevating. And. Leading. (R.E.A.L.) Youth Initiative

Background of the R.E.A.L. Youth Initiative Rising. Elevating. And. Leading. Youth Initiative (R.E.A.L.) is an unassociated group facilitated by previously incarcerated young people. It…

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