DuPage County Area Project, or DuCAP for short, is a private, chartered, Illinois 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. We are not a county agency; we are a non-sectarian, non-political organization of public spirited staff and volunteers who develop and sponsor efforts aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency, creating a strong community, and keeping the community’s youth out of trouble.
Nothing offers a greater chance for raising a child who shares society’s values than a neighborhood where everyone works together in a positive, cooperative way to care for the children growing up in their community.
But how do you mobilize a neighborhood? How do you get people to work together? How do you instill in a child those positive traits that makes he or she choose wisely? How do you create an atmosphere that drives the community to take action and get involved?
The answer lies in tapping the natural leadership and concern for community found within each neighborhood. While some delinquency prevention programs try to impose outside policies upon local residents, DuCAP’s philosophy is to encourage the people who live in the neighborhood to see their own solutions. Forming a Neighborhood Action Club (NAC) as the primary force for change does this. The NAC consists of local citizens who encourage participation and effective representation in decisions affecting their neighborhood.
DuCAP receives its funding through various state and private grants. Our primary funding comes from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). DuCAP also receives funding though donations, fundraisers, and other charitable contributions.