GCYC is Providing Neighborhood Youth with Opportunities

The Gary Comer Youth Center is, at first glance, a tangle of contradictions. It’s a state of the art building—an architectural thing of beauty—smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood known for its poverty and crime. It’s a center for youth founded by the guy who started Lands’ End, purveyor of the preppiest of ...

Brainstorming their own summer news

Coordinator Rachel Jones sat in a circle of teenagers Monday at the Gary Comer Youth Center, kicking off their first day of a Free Spirit Media summer program. “This is our big brainstorm for the whole summer,” Jones said. The students will produce five newscasts, sharing stories relevant to them through their own perspectives. Jakira ...

GCYC among nonprofits receiving donation from Michael Jordan

“The work these groups do each and every day to help kids is inspiring. I feel strongly about the importance of teaching and mentoring, of helping kids with disabilities and illnesses and providing opportunities for at-risk youth. I hope the donations can help these organizations continue to make positive changes within their neighborhoods and throughout ...

Family’s civil rights legacy inspires South Sider’s work with youth

When Ayoka Samuels talks about the young people she works with as director of the Gary Comer Youth Center, she’s quick to call them curious, funny, good kids. And one other thing: Resilient. Resilient is also a word that describes Samuels. She was raised in a family with a strong social consciousness, which helped her ...