YMCA OF METRO CHICAGO
YOUTH SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Chico Tillmon is the executive director of the YMCA of Metro Chicago's Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) programs. Before joining the Y in July 2017, Chico Tillmon served as a senior program manager at Ceasefire Chicago.
Growing up in the Austin community on the west side of Chicago, Chico was exposed to violence and the many issues that plague urban communities today. A believer in the power of education, Chico earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and an M.A. in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. He is currently earning a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, & Justice Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Chico also mentors youth and teaches pro-social life skills to children throughout the Chicago area. Mr. Tillmon is the recipient of the 2017 Ford Men of Courage Award and the 2018 Congressional Veterans Braintrust Award for his work in Chicago’s most vulnerable communities. He has been featured by the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, People magazine, Crime Watch Daily, Al Jazeera, Dutch TV, and Discovery TV among others.