Our Partners in Construction

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“Building relationships and supporting our neighborhoods with time, talent and financial resources are what make us a community bank. Youth development and education are essential to the development of a strong community. By participating in the financing of Y.O.U.’s new location, the bank not only partners with a strong nonprofit business, but we also work to help build a transformational center for youth learning. We believe in Y.O.U.’s mission and together we will work to further strengthen our great community.”

— Robert Yohanan, CEO, First Bank & Trust


Y.O.U. is pleased to be partnering with a world-class construction firm and many minority-owned, women-owned, and community businesses in developing our new facility. Our construction manager, Leopardo, has extensive experience with ground up construction of youth centers (including the Logan Square YMCA and the Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center) and is a leader in sustainability and green construction. Meanwhile, our Evanston-based architecture firm, Studio Talo, has thoughtfully designed our new building in collaboration with our board, staff, youth, and community. 

In total, more than 30% of the construction project will be performed by minority, women, and local businesses. We are similarly excited to report that the financing of our new headquarters will be through our Evanston-based community bank, First Bank & Trust. 

Read more below about some of Y.O.U.’s partners:

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Designs For Dignity
Designs for Dignity is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that transforms environments through pro bono design services and in-kind donations, empowering lives through design.
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Evanston Lumber
Evanston Lumber Company offers a wide variety of building materials. Their mission is to provide exceptional customer service and top quality products consistently and Y.O.U. is grateful for their generosity and partnership. 
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Everlights is a woman-owned business in Skokie that provides lighting and recycling services to commercial and retail facilities nationwide, and is dedicated to high environmental standards. Y.O.U. is proud to choose Everlights as our lighting provider.
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Kettlekamp & Kettlekamp
Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp Landscape Architecture is an Evanston-based full service landscape architectural design firm. They are bringing a fresh, energetic approach to Y.O.U.’s new teaching garden.
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First Bank & Trust
As a community owned and operated bank since 1995, First Bank & Trust is focused on offering comprehensive financial products, online and mobile banking and highly-personalized service at competitive rates to individuals, owner-operated businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Y.O.U. is proud to partner with First Bank and Trust to make our new building a financial reality.
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Ozinga is a fourth-generation family business with a location in Evanston, Illinois, that is supplying the concrete for the new building.
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R&I Ornamental
Founded in 1970, R&I Ornamental Iron is a minority-owned architectural metalwork company in Illinois. R&I is performing the structural steelwork for Y.O.U.’s new building.
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Studio Talo
Studio Talo is an Evanston-based full-service architecture firm dedicated to creating inspiring spaces that balance desires with resources. Their architecture creates enduring relationships among spaces, materials, people and the planet.

Learn about Y.O.U.'s vision for its new building >