REP. FORD SECURES GRANT TO EXPAND TRAVEL PROGRAM FOR CHICAGO YOUTH

100K appropriation grant to benefit 400 youth through Austin neighborhood nonprofit


 

REP. FORD SECURES GRANT TO EXPAND TRAVEL PROGRAM FOR CHICAGO YOUTH

100K appropriation grant to benefit 400 youth through Austin neighborhood nonprofit 

Chicago Austin Youth Travel Adventures (CAYTA) is proud to announce they are the recipient of a $100,000 special appropriations grant secured by Representative LaShawn K. Ford. The grant will cover up to 400 youth to expand their knowledge of heritages around the globe and connections to career apprenticeship programs. Getting youth out of the neighborhoods and connecting them to personal experiences will enhance their self-esteem, decreasing self-doubt which increases mental stress and can lead to violent outbursts and the use of guns.

Founded in 2015, Crystal Dyer launched CAYTA in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood where her grandson Devin, was violently killed. Today, the organization is thriving, reaching at-risk children, youth, and young adults through a variety of programs aimed at showing them a world outside their neighborhood, a world many have never seen.

“After I lost my grandson to gun violence in Chicago, I vowed to do everything within my power to ensure no other family experiences such a tragedy. Through CAYTA, we get the youth off the streets and show them the world on an international stage. I am beyond grateful for Rep. Ford’s dedication and commitment to our organization,” says Crystal Dyer, Founder, and CEO of Chicago Austin Youth Travel Adventures, Inc.

In addition to CAYTA’s World Citizen Program, they offer both a Teen Reach Afterschool Program and a job training program in partnership with Choose Chicago.

The nonprofit was also recently awarded a $200,000 grant for gun violence prevention in partnership with the Chicago Park District and a  $30,000 grant for Austin fresh to promote healthy eating, healthy lifestyle tours, and menu planning.

“CAYTA is growing expotentially, and I am ecstatic. I could have never imagined the rate of growth we have experienced when we first launched. It is a blessing and I am honored that Devin’s memory will continue to live on in the good work being carried out each and every day here in the Austin neighborhood and around the world,” adds Dyer.

For more information about CAYTA, visit their website.

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