Craig Lynch, the new Executive Director of Y.O.U. Submitted photo

Youth & Opportunity United has selected Craig Lynch as its Chief Executive Officer. He will start in his new position on July 1.

Mr. Lynch “brings a deep understanding of and passion for creating improved outcomes for youth and families. Craig has the skills, vision, and commitment to lead and strengthen Y.O.U.’s work in our community,” said Cindy Wilson, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Letitia Mann, Chair of the Search Committee and Incoming Chair of the Board of Directors, in a prepared statement.    

“Craig is an experienced non-profit leader from the south side of Chicago who holds 26 years of experience helping people create better futures through education and access to vital support services. He currently serves as Chief Program Officer at Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS), a 170-year old non-profit organization located in Chicago’s Hyde Park community. Managing a budget of $7 million, Craig oversees early childhood and youth development programs, as well as family support services. CCCS serves more than 1,500 children and families annually. 

“Previously, Craig has held leadership positions with City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. These include Chief of Staff at City Colleges, Interim President of Kennedy King College, and Chief eLearning Officer at Chicago Public Schools. Craig holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Craig has demonstrated himself to be a thoughtful, experienced leader who values community relationships and is attuned to the complexities of leading community-based programs and services. We are greatly looking forward to his leadership at Y.O.U.,” said the statement. 

Mr. Lynch said, “Y.O.U. has a rich history serving the Evanston and Niles Township communities, and I am extremely excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve as its CEO. I look forward to building on the strong progress and momentum Y.O.U. has established in closing the opportunity gap for young people in the community.”