The Diamond Youth Foundation (DYF) is comprised of college educated professional men dedicated to serving youth in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, through our Guide Right Mentoring Program and Scholarships. Our Advisory Board is an elite group of Community Leaders and advocates.
Our mission is to increase student awareness of potential career choices through exposure to a variety of disciplines, role models and mentoring. The Foundation also provides scholarship assistance and direction to high achieving students pursuing a baccalaureate degree from accredited institutions. The Foundation generates revenue to support these mentoring and scholarship programs.
We are proud to report that our Guide Right Program took 71 students and 16 volunteers to the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, and the University of Chicago, Feb 20 2020. At the Museum, we experienced the Innovation Studio and the Black Creativity Jr. Science Café. Part of the tour at the University of Chicago, we were given a presentation on admissions, financial aid, and a walking tour.
We accomplished two firsts; a visit to the museum where Black Creativity is being highlighted and a visit to one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Our Guide Right Program made its mark on both institutions. You can be proud as we are.
The Diamond Youth Foundation has provided scholarships and special assistance to youth in the Western Suburbs of Chicago since its establishment in 1976. The mission of the foundation is to increase student awareness of potential career choices through exposure to a variety of disciplines and role models and to provide financial assistance to deserving individuals in the quest of higher education culminating in a four (4) year baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution.
Established as a private Foundation, the Diamond Youth Foundation, formerly known as the Maywood-Wheaton Youth Scholarship and Guidance Foundation, is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
The objectives of the Foundation are as follows:
1. To help youth, especially those of high school age in their selection of courses leading to vocations compatiable with their aptitudes and personal goals.
2. To assist students in training and aid their progress in their chosen fields.
3. To afford the less fortunate youth a respite from the drudgery of the streets through sponsored entertainment and cultural enrichment.
4. To inform youth of the values of higher education and assist those in need in their educational pursuits by providing scholarships and grants.
5. To increase student awareness of potential career choices through exposure to a variety of disciplines and role models.
6. To provide financial assistance to deserving individuals in their quest of higher education culminating in a 4 year baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution.
The Diamond Youth Foundation has provided scholarships of over $75,000 to deserving students based on academic performance, financial need, and community service. On February 14, 1980, the Diamond Youth Foundation was established to continue to support the scholarship program and to manage other activities targeted to support youth in the area. These programs include:
• Career Awareness Workshops
• Summer Community Track and Field competitions
• Undergraduate Leadership Conferences
• Sponsorship of youth social, cultural, and educational events
To date there have been more than sixty scholarships awarded, moreover, the lives of literally hundreds of young people have been touched in a positive and encouraging way with these programs.