Believe in Kids Annual Dinner
CYC invites you, your colleagues, friends and family to its Believe in Kids Annual Dinner. Chaired by Charlie and Bobbie Denison, the event will gain support for providing children from some of Chicago’s most underserved communities with effective high-quality programs, from early childhood education to college and career readiness. The night will include a three-course dinner and keynote appearance and oration by one of America’s most inspiring executives, author and Walgreens’ Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice President Steve Pemberton.
The embodiment of the positive outcome CYC strives toward for every child, Steve is a remarkable illustration of how a child born into a difficult situation can overcome adversity and thrive beyond his and others’ expectations. His recently published memoir, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, chronicles his struggle through foster care and his determined search for his family despite the odds against him. He is an inspiring visionary and speaker, and you won’t want to miss this very special experience.
As CYC’s most impactful fundraising effort of the year, the event gains support for providing children from some of Chicago’s most underserved communities with effective high-quality programs, from early childhood education to college and career readiness. Last year’s event raised nearly $300,000 which helped CYC serve more than 5,400 children, parents and guardians in a combination of core programs including early childhood education, school-age and teen development and Camp Rosenthal, as well as targeted programs, such as comprehensive community-based youth services and education support initiative.
What We Do
We invest in youth in underserved Chicago neighborhoods to help them discover and realize their full potential--from early childhood education to and through college.
HERE'S WHY ... Young people are most at risk for delinquent behaviors during the after-school hours of 2:00 to 6:00 pm. This is compounded in neighborhoods where poverty, drugs, violence, and under-performing schools are the norm. The good news is that these underserved children experience the greatest gains in academic performance and social and life skills development when they participate in after-school programs that are fully implemented and they attend regularly. That's why we're here--and have been for more than half a century.
HERE'S HOW ... CYC welcomes at-risk, low-income youth ages 3-18 into eight neighborhood-based centers and a residential camp where they receive one-on-one and small group guidance from well-trained, caring adults. Our centers and unique camp are oases of encouragement and support for these children.
Three core programs reinforce their strengths, support academic success, and help them envision a positive future:
CYC also offers College and Career Readiness, Mentoring Children of Prisoners, Environmental Education, Educational Support for Wards of the State, and Crisis Intervention.
EMPHASIZING THE POSITIVE ... Five content areas are reinforced through a Positive Youth Development model:
Academic Achievement -- College and Career Readiness
Life Skills -- Health and Wellness -- Arts and Culture