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