Chicago Youth Centers to host multiple Lights on Afterschool events

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Shannon Page
                   312.913.1700 ext. 451

 Chicago Youth Centers to host multiple Lights on Afterschool events

Events celebrate the importance of afterschool programming and its positive impact on youth


CHICAGO, Oct. 19, 2017— Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) will host several Lights on Afterschool events on Thursday, Oct. 26. The activities will be among more than an expected 8,000 such events across America as part of Lights on Afterschool, the annual nationwide celebration of afterschool programs organized by the Afterschool Alliance.

CYC’s after-school programming empowers youth of all ages to pursue a path toward upward mobility and become successful, caring, and productive adults. Our Centers focus on STEM, the arts, health and wellness, violence prevention, academic persistence, social and emotional development, and applied skills.

CYC is passionate about creating opportunities for youth to create, learn, and grow outside of the classroom. In celebration of Lights on Afterschool, the media and community are invited to the following CYC events on Oct. 26:

CYC-Fellowship House in Bridgeport:

·         What: Students will be able to visit various stations dedicated to STEAM. Children will be able to make colorful popcorn balls, build scare crows as teams, participate in creative math exercises, and more.

·         Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

·         Where: 844 W. 32nd Street, Chicago

CYC-Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center in South Shore:

·         What: “Family Spook Carnival” will feature carnival games such as an apple bobbing station and “pumpkin roll.” Youth can also make crafts and create their own taffy apples. Parents can also join to socialize and learn what types of parent engagement opportunities are available this year.

·         Time:  5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

·         Where: 7601 S. Phillips Avenue, Chicago

CYC-Elliott Donnelley Youth Center in Bronzeville:

·         What: “Let Your Spark Shine” will feature several different inspirational activities for parents and children to do together. Activities include making and lighting lanterns, a “burning bowl ceremony,” and other relationship-building games. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be served.

·         Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

·         Where: 3947 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

CYC-Sidney Epstein Youth Center in North Lawndale:

·         What: A camping themed event that will feature roasted s’mores and hot dogs, plenty of campfire songs, a talent show, and games. Parents will also be able to get information on CYC’s Family Engagement Programming.

·         Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

·         Where: 3415 W. 13th Place, Chicago

Please contact Shannon Page, CYC Communications Director, to set up interviews and photo opportunities.

About Chicago Youth Centers (CYC): For more than 1,500 children ages 3-18, CYC is where possibility lives. CYC provides youth in Chicago’s underserved communities with the tools and resources needed to achieve success in the 21st century. Through its seven neighborhood Centers and community partner sites that offer out-of-school time programs, CYC creates opportunities for experiential learning, so youth are empowered to persist in school and develop employable skills. At CYC, youth discover their potential and ultimately enter a pathway to upward mobility. Learn more at, on Twitter @ChicagoCYC, and