Some people gain inspiration from their childhood difficulties and overcome their environments, subsequently reaching back to help others with similar backgrounds. Such is the case with Joyce Lester, the executive director of the Youth Development League (YDL), a nonprofit program of the Metro Education and Outreach Services (MEOS) agency, which seeks to cultivate youth by introducing them to their world of possibilities.
Joyce says she grew up in the Chicago Housing Authority projects, but the projects didn’t grow up in her. “I’ve lived a blessed life and enjoy motivating youth to excel,” she says. The program provides intensive workshops to increase the youths’ knowledge base and critical thinking skills. Continue Reading →