Youth

Youth Services

The 46th Ward is fortunate to have many services available to address the multiple needs of youth living in the area. In addition to the list below, local schools have a number of after-school programs.

Pedersen-McCormick Boys and Girls Club
They offer character and leadership building, sports and fitness, recreation, field trips, health cooking classes, teen programs, technology, mentoring, tutoring, one-on-one tutoring, and sport leagues. Click here for more information.
4835 N. Sheridan
(773) 271-8400

Alternatives
Since 1971, Alternatives has pursued a mission of facilitating personal development, strengthening family relationships, and enhancing the community’s well being. Their programs focus on leadership development, prevention of violence and substance abuse, academic enrichment and counseling. Click here for more information.
4730 N. Sheridan
(773) 506-7474

CircEsteem
Since 2001, CircEsteem’s mission has been to unite youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and help them build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice of circus arts, such as juggling, tight wire, gym wheel, unicycle riding, and they can become an aerialist. They also offer tutoring and they have a summer camp. Click here for more information.
4730 N. Sheridan

Chinese Mutual Aid Association
They offer cultural celebrations, leadership skills, after school programs, CHI-KEW, Young Women Warriors (YWW), and summer camp. Click here for more information.
1016 W. Argyle
(773) 784-2900

Uptown Chicago Youth Program (UCYP)
They offer programs in literacy, tutoring, mentoring, and recreation for kids ages 3 through 15 years of age. UCYP also provides college and career prep/planning, scholarships, and free high-quality health care from volunteer physicians at CYP’s Children’s Memorial Clinic. Click here for more information and to register your child.
Truman College
1145 W. Wilson

Kuumba Lynx
Their goal is to utilize Hip-Hop arts & culture to increase social consciousness, inner peace, creativity, and universal freedom. Click here for more information.
Clarendon Park Community Center
4501 N. Clarendon

The Student Zone (Voice of the People)
4416 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago, IL

Japanese American Service Committee
They provide programming to encourage and facilitate the building of intergenerational and community relationships. Click here for more information.
4427 N. Clark
(773) 275-0097

Chicago Park District
Programming includes all kinds of sports, fitness, arts & crafts, and summer camp.

  • Gill Park Community Center:  825 W. Sheridan. Click here for more information.
  • Chase Park Community Center:  4701 N. Ashland. Click here for more information.
  • Margate Park Community Center:  4921 N. Marine. Click here for more information.
  • Clarendon Park Community Center:  4501 N. Clarendon. Click here for more information.

Chicago Public Libraries
Provides a whole array of resources for children and families to assist with schoolwork and fun activities.

  • Bezazian Library: 1226 W. Ainslie: Click here for more information.
  • Uptown Library: 929 W. Buena. Click here for more information.

Center on Halsted (LGBT Youth)
They offer recreation and sports, sexual health and identity, vocation programs, counseling, HIV/STD prevention, homeless youth services, and youth leadership. Click here for more information.
3656 N. Halsted
(773) 472-6469

Howard Brown Health Center (LGBT Youth)
They offer transgender health, community services, smoking cessation, HIV/STD prevention, GED programs, primary care medical services, behavioral health-counseling, and psychiatry. Click here for more information.
4025 N. Sheridan
(773) 388-1600