The Stories You Don’t Hear

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    Read Alania's Story: Excelling at Science
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    Read the Sunshine Garden Club's Story: A Trip to DC to Accept the President's Environmental Youth Award
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    Read a Tale of Two Summers: How CYC's Summer Enrichment Program Makes an Impact
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    Read Our Alumni's Stories: CYC's Largest College Graduating Class
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    Read about CYC's Arts & Innovation Program: Putting the A in STEAM
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    Read Cheyenne's Story: A College Graduate with Big Plans to Give Back to his Community
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We often hear about the terrible violence and persistent poverty facing Chicago. This news can make us lose hope and forget that there are other stories within our city—stories of tenacity, persistence, and courage. Though these stories often go untold, these are the stories that you make possible, through your support of Chicago Youth Centers (CYC). Read the success stories you made possible this year, and please consider making a gift to the CYC Annual Fund today to help us write tomorrow's stories of hope. More >>

CYC in the NEWS

Thank you NBC Chicago for helping us make a difference in our communities! We are so proud to be featured as an NBC 21st Century Solutions grant recipient!

Featured Sponsors

  • 2016 Children’s Champions

    CYC gratefully acknowledges our 2016 Children's Champions Circle. The following individuals, foundations, and corporations gave $500 or above to support CYC's Annual Fund: Vytas and Cecilia Ambutas • Gabor and Sarah Balassa • Delbert and Barbara Arsenault • Bill Barry • Maria C. Bechily and Scott Hodes • Frank and Prue Beidler • Blum-Kovler Foundation • Bomher Family Foundation • Craig Bondy • Christopher Butler • David and Sherri Dees • Robert O. Delaney • Katherine Erwin and Dirk Van Koughnett • Elizabeth Fama and John Cochrane • FCI Construction, Inc. • Mark and Lynne Florian • Francis Beidler Foundation • Frank and Karen Ptak Family Foundation • David Frizzie • Robert Gecht and Albany Bank and Trust Company • James and Louise Glasser • William and Ethel Gofen • Richard and Mary Gray • William and Patricia Hagenah • Marguerite D. Hark • Neil Hayes • Jeffrey Heh • Timothy and Jocelyn Hirsch • Rose M. Houston • Jeffrey and Sandra Jelm • Michael and Rosalind Keiser • Kirkland & Ellis Foundation • Kristin and Bill Krogstie • John Kos • Judy Macior • MacLean-Fogg Company • Martin and Mary Boyer Foundation • KJ McConnell • Charles and Meryl Moss • Brad and Amy O'Dell • John Q. O'Donnell • Shama Patel & Rohit Kumar • Ronald Redd • Jeffrey and Debbie Ross • John and Jean Schneider • Steven & Beth Schulwolf • Virginia Seggerman • Harrison and Lois Steans • Richard and Ann Taft • Terraco Inc. • Charles Thurman • Elizabeth Tisdahl • Thomas and Rebecca Vander Veen • Herbert and Karen Wander • Hank and Joyce Wisniewski • Listed as of 12/22/16

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Impact Stories

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Thank You, Dixie Adams, CYC Board Chair 2014-2016

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Thank You, Dixie Adams, CYC Board Chair 2014-2016

Most of us know Shakespeare’s phrase about greatness: “Some are born great; some achieve greatness; and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Many of us also are lucky enough to  Full Article »

CYC Outcomes

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2015-2016 CYC Annual Report: Above & Beyond

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2015-2016 CYC Annual Report: Above & Beyond

We are proud to present the 2015-2016 Annual Report: Above & Beyond. This report highlights CYC’s transformative programs that help our children go above the standard and beyond the expected,  Full Article »

The mission of Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is to empower children and teens to recognize and experience their possibility and promise.


Chicago Youth Centers’ Second Annual Shake & Stir

Chicago Youth Centers’ Second Annual Shake & Stir

Chicago Youth Centers and the CYC Auxiliary Board invite you to an evening of music, dancing, James Bond-approved cocktails, local bites, and more! Join us for the second annual Shake & Stir on March 10, 2017.

Buy Your Tickets Now!

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Support CYC

Join Our Monthly Giving Community

Join Our Monthly Giving Community

Sustain our programs with a monthly gift to CYC! Making an automatic, monthly gift is an easy and efficient way to support CYC. Our monthly givers provide the critical funds that help us best serve our children, families, and communities.

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