Empowering Generations

Upcoming Events

  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    On October 12, 35 runners will lace up their shoes for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of Chicago Youth Centers. Join us as we cheer for them on race day! Learn More.

    Sep 5, 2014 Ξ

Past Events

  • Chipping in for Chicago Youth Golf Outing

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    On Monday, August 18, Chicago Youth Centers hosted the 22nd Annual Chipping in for Chicago Youth Golf Outing presented by Wintrust Commercial Banking at the exclusive Skokie Country Club in Glencoe. Learn More.

    Aug 20, 2014 Ξ
  • Believe In Kids Dinner

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    This year’s Believe in Kids Dinner featured Honorary Chairs are Prue and Frank Beidler, Jay Beidler and his wife Deborah Witzburg. Guests also heard from keynote speaker, Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. Learn More

    May 10, 2014 Ξ
  • Unlock Chicago’s Potential

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    More than 125 guests joined CYC's Auxiliary Board for their annual summer soiree at the Floating World Gallery. Learn More

    May 9, 2014 Ξ

Our Mission

Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) invests in youth in underserved communities in Chicago to help them discover and realize their full potential.

Caring for Our Communities

For 58 years, CYC has steadfastly served communities on the south and west sides of Chicago. Today CYC centers are in seven communities across metro Chicago. We consistently deliver programming to serve the needs of kids, parents and communities—focusing on academic achievement, social and emotional skill development and parent/family engagement. Our centers are characterized by passionate and committed staff and serve as learning centers for our kids, community resources, and safe spaces.

Our Programs

Early Childhood Education - (ages 3-5) 900+ children served annually
School-Age Child Development - (ages 6-12) 1,200+ served annually
Teen Leadership Development & Intervention - (ages 13-19) 570+ served annually
Intervention – (ages 7-18) 637+ served annually
Camp Rosenthal - (ages 7-15) 390+ served annually

Your Dollars at Work

We are careful stewards of the dollars you invest in our work. We are very proud that more than 85% of every dollar raised goes directly to support of our programs.


Congratulations to Jeffrey Bowen, CYC’s 2014 Laptop for Learning Recipient!

Congratulations to Jeffrey Bowen, CYC’s 2014 Laptop for Learning Recipient!

CYC Board Member, Al B. Reid, Divisional Vice President, Corporate Development, Abbott Laboratories, presents a laptop to Jeffrey Bowen, 2014 Laptop for Learning Recipient. Learn More

Sep 3, 2014 Ξ

Donor Spotlight

Thank you, Illinois Tool Works!

Thank you, Illinois Tool Works!

On Monday, September 8, ITW volunteers visited CYC - ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center for gardening and an art project. Learn More

Sep 9, 2014 Ξ