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.

Featured Sponsor

Featured Sponsor: ArcelorMittal

Featured Sponsor: ArcelorMittal

Thank you to ArcelorMittal for its support of CYC’s Maker Lab and STEM program at CYC-Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center in South Shore. Thanks to the support of ArcelorMittal, CYC-Crown  Full Article »

Jun 1, 2017 Ξ

Summer at CYC

For children in Chicago’s south and west communities, summer can be a time of food insecurity, learning loss, and escalating violence. CYC makes summer a season of possibility for these children. Learn how.