BEST is a three-week, three-day, summer Youth Development program, paying youth a $20.00 and the project managers a $25.00 a-day stipend. In the mornings, youth work side-by-side completing home improvement projects that help Oak Park homeowners improve the facade of their homes. The 25 Youth are divided into five teams, enabling us to serve five homes simultaneously. Project managers, college students, help guide and supervise the projects. The director is there to monitor. BEST has had an positive impact on the blighted Oak Park community by doing projects such as; repairing and painting fences, painting homes, creating gardens, moving decorative bark and rock, and weed abatement.