North Lawndale – ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center


North Lawndale

From the King of Swing to Martin Luther King, Jr., North Lawndale is a community built upon some of the most significant historical contributions to Chicago. With roots stretching back to 1869, this area just four miles west of the Loop was carved out of a Midwest prairie landscape and populated with graystone homes that would become known as a Chicago architectural trademark. Between then and now, the neighborhood has served as the Midwest capital for 25 percent of the world’s Jewish population, Route 66 hot spot, the national headquarters for Sears, Roebuck and Co., brief home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., career start of Buddy Guy and Cobra Records and birthplace of Benny Goodman. Today, North Lawndale is in a mode of progression and surrounded by inspiration and beauty, including the historic Douglas Park.

CYC – ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center

Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is proud to be part of this community. Named after one of its largest supporters, the Polk Bros. Foundation, CYC – ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center was one of the original three centers to form CYC in 1956.

Well-trained youth-development specialists give individual support to nearly 400 children and teens each year to help them reach their potential, academically, socially and professionally. The center also runs a food pantry on the first Saturday of each month in partnership with New St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

CYC gives members the tools, support and guidance they need to reach their full potential through the following age-specific programs:

CYC Programs

Early Childhood Education

School-Age Child Development

Teen Leadership Development

Summer Fun

CYC – ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center
3415 W. 13th Place
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 762-5655

Roberta Douglas
Center Director

Tanya Staggers
Child Care Director

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- Thank you!

2017 Annual Believe in Kids Dinner- Thank you!

Thanks to you, the 2017 Believe in Kids Dinner: Above & Beyond on May 18 raised more than $470,000 net to support Chicago Youth Centers' (CYC) programs that empower CYC children to go above and beyond!

Jan 23, 2017 Ξ

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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