Helping youth in her own community
Title: Director of Community Schools and Youth Services
Name of Organization: Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Bio: Cheryl Flores stands out not only for her passion for service and youth, but for her dedication to work in the community she grew up in and lives in.
Flores joined the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council eight years ago. Since then, she has worked in various roles related to civic engagement, youth development and education. As the Director for Community Schools and Youth Services, she oversees programming and services at the organization’s six partner schools. She has worked diligently to expand programming and to ensure a smooth transition for students into Brighton Park’s neighborhood high school. She also works in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and other partner organizations to develop quality programming and opportunities for young people in Brighton Park.
Flores began her career as a substance abuse counselor in Pilsen, where she worked with teens and their families. She worked one-on-one with young people abusing drugs and provided culturally responsive treatment plans to help them overcome their addictions.
Over the years, Flores has been involved with several organizations and boards, including: the Leadership Advisory Council for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, the Young Professional Advisory Council for Mujeres Latinas en Acción and the Local School Council for Brighton Park Elementary. She has also participated in the Multicultural Leadership Academy with the Latino Policy Forum.
Flores holds a Master of Public Administration from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.