D.O.P.E Youth Development Program

(Determined to Obtain Pure Excellence)

D.O.P.E (Determined to Obtain Pure Excellence) Youth Development Program, is a ten-week program that serves adolescents from under-served and under-represented communities.

The objective of the program is to uplift the youth in order to help them achieve their potential and goals.  Throughout the ten week program, the youth focus on:

  • Goal Development
  • Coping with Anger & Depression
  • Resolving issues with Self Esteem & Bullying
  • Health & Wellness
  • The risks of Substance Abuse
  • Family Dynamics
  • Multicultural & Diversity Issues
  • Economics & Entrepreneurship
  • Education & STEAM Careers
  • How to improve their Communication & Leadership Skills

Each session is led by dynamic speakers and community leaders with expertise in their respective field; providing a chance opportunity for ongoing mentorship.

Previous graduates of the program have been recognized by Congresswoman Judy Chu and Assemblyman Christopher Holden.

The program was co-created by Dr. Niama T. Malachi and Elder Gloria Davis in Pasadena, California (2015) and has expanded to the city of Chicago, IL (2018). Monica Ellison, MA, MFT, is the current Executive Director of the D.O.P.E. youth program.

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Pictures of our 2018 Chicago Graduation

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Registration is open to High School students in the Chicagoland area; ages 13-17. We look forward to seeing you on Monday Nights from 6-8 PM at The Silver Room (Hyde Park); 1506 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60615; January 8, 2018- March 19, 2018. 

Click the Registration Link below to get involved!

We are looking to raise funds in order to provide the youth with an optimal experience.Your donation will offset the cost of program materials, speaker fees, awards, meals, graduation materials & cost, meeting space fees, as well as Chicago start-up fees.  10% of all donations will be allocated to our fiscal sponsor, The Homeless Network Association.

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 Meeting Space is sponsored by The Silver Room”

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