Ten full-time AmeriCorps members will provide support to Alternatives' diverse youth development programs. Two members will focus on capacity building efforts which will enable Alternatives to leverage an additional 125 volunteers and enhance our technological capabilities, while eight members will provide direct service by planning, implementing and evaluating the ways in which Alternatives engages youth in substance abuse prevention programming; leadership training for young women; youth driven, pro-social activities; technology workshops; youth-led conflict resolution projects; structured arts programming and reading and writing activities in Chicago's diverse and underserved Uptown neighborhood. At the end of the first fiscal year of the grant period, Alternatives will have recruited and trained at least 125 community volunteers to enhance youth development programming; ensure 100 youth increase their academic engagement; and support eight AmeriCorps members in securing employment within a year of completing service. This project will focus on the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) priority areas of education, economic opportunity, and capacity building. The CNCS annual investment of $133,000 will be matched with $80,407 in funds generated through private contributions by individuals, foundations and corporations.