Inner City Youth Opportunities is a local Cincinnati nonprofit 501 (C ) 3 founded in 1993 that serves some of the most at-risk students in Cincinnati Public School. With a focus on fundamental academic skills and character development, ICYO works with CPS schools to identify children ln low-income families who need more support than what the schools can provide in a school day. ICYO is unique in that it provides free transportation, education enrichment and tutoring, and youth development activities year-round to children in need. The program also ensures children are safe and cared for during critical after-school hours and during the summer when no parent is home. In the 26 years that ICYO has been fulfilling this mission, thousands of children have gone through the program and improved grades and behavior, learned new skills, made new friends, and reached higher goals. Many ICYO participants who have graduated high school, and even college have stayed in touch and continue to share the impact that the organization has had in their lives to help funders see how important this program is.
1. Academic Intervention which consists of Homework Assistance and Tutoring in all subjects with the aid of ICYO staff, volunteers, computer lab, iPads and Reading Therapy dog.
2. Summer Tennis Camp, Summer Camps at YMCA Camp Ernst, Camp Joy, Cincinnati Nature Center Earthkids Day Camp and Cincinnati Angels Girls AAU Basketball Club Camp
3. Educational and sports field trips provided by ICYO and many community sponsors.
4. Holiday parties and events
The children continue to go from “Struggling Students to Successful Students” and to experience a world beyond their neighborhoods.