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Latino Youth Alternative High School Respect, responsibility, leadership, and community action. Address 2001 S. California Ave Chicago, Illinois, 60608 United States Information Type Charter School district Chicago Public Schools Principal Mr. Alfredo Nambo Grades 9-12 Enrollment 200 Color(s)           Maroon, Tan Mascot Gecko Website Official website Latino Youth Alternative High School (LYAHS) was established in 1974 as a program of Latino Youth, Inc. to address the problem of high dropout rates among children in the Pilsen / Little Village community.[1] Contents 1 History 2 Notable persons 3 Educational partners 4 References 5 External links // History Latino Youth Alternative High School started as a division of Latino Youth, Inc. when the non-profit sought to expand its services to youths who required a "second chance" to obtain a high school diploma. To that end a property at 2200 S. Marshall Boulevard was purchased and became the first home to the high school. From this location, for over 30 years, the organization provided an array of social and educational services to over 5,000 students and their families each year. However, facing financial hardship the high school was acquired by another community non-profit, Pilsen Wellness Center, in 2005 and moved to its current location at 2001 S. California Avenue. Notable persons Sandra Cisneros - an American writer best known for her acclaimed first novel The House on Mango Street is a former teacher at Latino Youth.[2] Rudy Lozano - Chicago community activist and one of the founding teachers at Latino Youth. Daniel Solis - alderman of Chicago's 25th ward and a co-founder of Latino Youth. Alderman Solis is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the United Neighborhood Organization, which established the successful Chicago-based network of UNO Charter Schools.[3] Educational partners Latino Youth Alternative High School is a campus of the Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS), a member of the Alternative School Network (ASN) a division of Pilsen Wellness Center (PWC), and is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Latino Youth Alternative High School also receives funding and support from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), The Department of Children and Family Services' (DCFS), and the Youth Development and Training Program (YSDTP).[4] References ^ The National Council of La Raza - Latino Youth, Inc. ^ Sandra Cisneros: Border Crossings and beyond, by Robin Ganz © 1994 The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS). ^ Daniel Solis - On the Issues: Education ^ Pilsen Wellness Center - Information about LYAHS External links Pilsen Wellness Center