For more than 4,000 children and families each year, Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) provides a pathway out of poverty and violence.


At our seven Centers throughout Chicago and several partner sites, we surround children ages 3-18 with the social capital needed to succeed and persist in school, life, and ultimately the workforce: innovative and creative spaces to learn; engaged families and mentors; and programs designed to expand children’s abilities to think critically, create, communicate, and collaborate. .



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