Welcome to the Institute for Youth and Community Engagement
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Consistent with CSU’s mission statement, the Institute for Youth and Community Engagement
(IYCE) seeks to demonstrate this through community problem solving, planning and shared
action.As CSU is committed to “teaching, research, service and community development including social justice, leadership
and entrepreneurship”1, IYCE has worked to develop programming that incorporates the strengths of CSU students,
faculty and staff.
As CSU seeks in its vision to empower students and community to transform lives globally
and locally, IYCE is committed to building on existing strengths and working to address
challenges at the local level surrounding CSU (Greater Roseland, Vernon Park, Burnside,
Chesterfield, Chatham, etc.), while incorporating global strategies.
CSU’s efforts via IYCE have capitalized on a growing trend among colleges and universities
to enhance the civic life of its students, faculty and staff, and promote service,
scholarship and social justice that promote the well-being of community. Several CSU
constituents work in communities in the Chicagoland area, and IYCE seeks to localize
this work in the area contiguous to the university. This effort to localize our work
will result in a positive impact for the community and beyond.