The Youth Center is dedicated to providing a greater opportunity for young people in this neighborhood to practice, to learn, to study, and to sharpen their skills and intellect. This Youth Center is for the children. May they use it well.
—Gary Comer, May 25, 2006
The Gary Comer Youth Center
The Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC) was established in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in May 2006. The Youth Center’s mission is to provide the support for all of its students to graduate from high school, prepared to pursue college and careers. Located just one block from Revere Elementary, the Youth Center offers positive extracurricular education in a welcoming and safe environment. Programs within the 80,000 square-foot facility include college readiness, athletics, academic tutoring, performing and visual arts, health and wellness, culinary arts, technology, media and horticulture. The Youth Center draws its primary membership from the immediate neighborhood as well as youth from throughout the South Side.
The South Shore Drill Team
It also serves as the home of the South Shore Drill Team, a group of more than 250 young people who perform unique flag, rifle and dance routines. In addition, the Youth Center hosts numerous special events and activities open to the broader public throughout the year.
Gary Comer College Prep
Gary Comer College Prep (GCCP) opened in August 2008 to its first class of freshmen. The school’s vision is to develop well-rounded and successful college graduates based on the Noble Network pillars of scholarship, discipline and honor. GCCP staff members, families, and community partners are committed to insuring high school and college success for all their students. The state-of-the-art high school building, opened in August 2010, and Youth Center form an integrated campus that has expanded to include a middle school. GCCP students participate in Youth Center programming after school, on weekends, and during the summer.