In addition to operating neighborhood-based Centers, CYC partners with schools to bring full-suite afterschool programming directly into the schools themselves. Called CYC's 21st AVE, we teach 21st-century skills and foster social-emotional growth through a focus on "Academic Vibes & Enrichment."

What sets our school-based model apart from others is the presence of a full-time site coordinator who works inside the school as an extension of the school's leadership team. This person coordinates programming with part-time youth workers and a network of contracted program providers to design and deliver an afterschool club schedule that is informed by both student voice and teacher input.

For more information, see our 21st AVE brochure.

Interested in bringing 21st AVE to your school? Click here to fill out an initial Partnership Interest Form.


Deneen School of Excellence
7257 S. State, 60619
Ida B. Wells Preparatory Elementary Academy
249 E 37th St, Chicago, IL 60653
Kozminski Community Academy
936 E. 54th Street, 60615
Perspectives High School Of Technology
8522 S Lafayette Ave, Chicago, IL 60620


Rani Person
Director of Community Schools