Our Mission

Legacy. Commitment. Community. Impact.

The mission of Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is to empower children to recognize and experience their possibility and promise. CYC is the city’s largest private urban youth organization.  Since 1956, we have prepared children ages 3-18 for lifelong success by surrounding them with transformative social capital:

  • Deliberate and intentional programs
  • Academic, social and emotional support
  • Family engagement
  • Community resources
  • Safe and innovative spaces

Through seven centers on the south and west sides of Chicago and numerous partner sites throughout the city, CYC helps bridge the employable skills gap and empowers families to break the persistent cycles of poverty and violence.

CYC’s programs and services are in the following communities:

CYC’s Board of Directors, staff, families and communities believe in our future together because we see the potential in every child.

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

Believe in Kids Dinner

2017 Annual Believe in Kids Dinner

2017 Annual Believe in Kids Dinner

Join us on Thursday, May 18, for a memorable evening at the Standard Club to celebrate and honor the CYC students, alumni, families, staff, and supporters who go above and beyond to make a powerful difference within our communities.

Jan 23, 2017 Ξ

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.

Nov 15, 2016 Ξ