For children in Chicago’s south and west communities, summer can be a time of food insecurity, learning loss, and escalating violence. Families understand the importance of high quality summer learning programs, but for many, these programs are financially out of reach. In 2016, the New York Times reported that more than half of families surveyed said they want their children to participate, but they cannot find affordable programs.

Chicago Youth Centers’ (CYC) Summer Enrichment Program bridges the summer learning gap for more than 120 families. At CYC, summer is a season of opportunity. It’s when that math equation finally clicks. It’s when a child learns to swim. It’s when neighborhood boundaries are broken.

Youth in this program participate in:

American Red Cross swim lessons


Reading and math labs


STEAM activities

Outdoor recreation

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