BEST = Building Empowerment Skills Today

BEST youth

Who are we?


BEST is a non-profit 501c3 organization and a subsidiary of WM Development.



       What do we do?                 

BEST is an organization of youth that provide free services to the residents of Oak Park.

B.E.S.T. feels......

 One of the greatest ways we can stop violence and  crime in our communities is by exposing underserved youth to activities which will bolster their job experience, give them a sense of self-worth, and keep them off the streets.


 The B.E.S.T. program....

runs three-weeks, in the summer,

serving Oak Park residents and teens, age 12-18.

With college students as project managers,

 the youth learn how to beautify

their neighborhood through raking, cleaning,

painting and simple building activities.     

During the six-hour-a-day-oasis, the youth benefit by

 earning stipends and in the afternoons

learning valuable life skills.

In addition, the neighbors and youth

develop a mutual respect for each other.








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