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Chicago Youth Mutual Aid- C.Y.M.A.

Master List of Needs

The Chicago Youth Mutual Aid, best known as CYMA, is an effort born from the collaboration of five Black and Brown grassroots led organizations in Chicago serving youth and their families: Assata's Daughters, Chicago Freedom School, Circles and Cyphers, Street Youth Rise Up and Youth Empowerment Performance Project.  Even though this effort was created as a response of COVID-19, these organizations are invested in continuing this project in the long term.

Through this list you will be able to support the youth participants and their families of the organizations listed above. This list also includes some resources and needs for the organization itself.  

If you can support us with any of these items, please email YEPP Director of Youth Services at Alex@WeSayYEPP.com with the subject line: CYMA Donation.  In the content of the email, please provide the following:

Once we receive your email, a team member will be in contact with you to coordinate a distribution plan (i.e. picking up/dropping off supplies).

Thank you for practicing your support and care for the community.

We are deeply grateful.

Resources Needed

High Priority - ___                 Medium Priority- ___                Mild Priority - ___

APPLIANCES & FURNITURE

Desk Lamps (for studying)

Iron

ART SUPPLIES

Acrylic Paints

Paint Brushes  

Sketchbooks and Journals (any sizes)

Watercolor Paint

BABY & CHILDREN SUPPLIES

Baby Soap

CLEANING SUPPLIES

Bleach

Brooms

Dish Soap

Dryer Sheets

Fabric Softener

Laundry Detergent

Mop Buckets

Mops

Multipurpose Cleaners -  e.g., Lysol Spray, Pine Sol, Comet, etc.

Trash Bags (any sizes)

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

Bras (new, all kind, all sizes)

Chest Binders (all sizes)

ELECTRONICS

Headphones

Computers - e.g., laptops, desktops, tablets

FOOD

Individual Drinks - e.g., Water, Gatorade, Powerade, etc.

Individual Snacks - e.g., Granola Bars, Crackers, Cookies, Chocolate, etc.

GIFT CARDS

Grocery Gift Cards - e.g., Aldi, Jewel, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Marianos (any amount)

Food Restaurants Gift Cards - e.g., Panera, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, etc. (any amount)

Superstore Gift Cards - e.g., Walmart, Target, etc.  (any amount)

HOUSE SUPPLIES

Air mattresses (any size)

Can Opener

Sleeping Bags

Standard Pillows (20” X 26”)

Suitcases

HYGIENE SUPPLIES

Bar Soap (travel and regular size)

Black Hair Care Products

Bodywash (no bar soap)

Coconut Oil

Conditioner (travel and regular size)

Deodorant (travel and regular size)

Mouthwash (travel and regular size)

Razors (all kinds)

Shampoo (travel and regular size)

Shaving Cream (travel and regular size)

Shower Poofs

Toothpaste (travel and regular size)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Coloring Books

Erasers

Folders (any color, pocket or file folders)

Pencil Sharpener

Sticky Notes (post-its, any color)

Stapler

Staples

White Glue or Glue Sticks (any size)

Wide-Ruled & College-Ruled Notebooks

SELF CARE & WELLNESS

Essential Oils (any scents)

Hydrogen Peroxide

Incense (all kinds)

Medicines (Allergy, Cold, Fever, etc.)

Rubbing Alcohol

Scented and Unscented Candles (any size)

Vitamins (all kinds)