Talent on Display: A Year of Performances & Special Events
Throughout the year, the Youth Center delights in hosting events that feature its members. For example, a February tradition at GCYC, Black Youth Story, is a performance-based celebration of Black culture, history and accomplishments from a youth perspective. Such events offer opportunities for youth to celebrate the occasion and showcase their talent to the community.

Upcoming Events

GCYC Volunteer Orientations
Wednesday, 11/5/2014 and Tuesday 11/18/2014
6:30 p.m.
This orientation is for all those interested in donating their time to support our mission and serve our youth. The process to becoming a registered GCYC Volunteer includes filling out an application, background check, orientation, building tour and an overview of our Uplift adult program. Walk-ins welcome. For more information, contact Ms. Haynes at shaynes@gcychome.org  or 773-358-4100.

Uplift Culinary Workshop- Hook Up Your Holidays
Saturday, October 18, 2014 DATE/TIME CHANGE: Saturday, November 8, 2014
10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Join Chef Wendy and special guest Chef Lamar Johnson as they review the basics of how to turn any holiday meal into a fabulous feast by accentuating it with homemade desserts. Attendees will leave with recipes and yummy samples. This event, brought to you by our Presenting Sponsor, UnitedHealthCare,  is FREE but space is limited. Please register to confirm your space. For more information, contact Ms. Haynes at shaynes@gcychome.org.

Uplift Art for Adults: Honoring Your Ancestors -Saturday, November 8, 2014
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. TIME CHANGE: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
In this beginner’s workshop, you will create a folding screen that tells the unique story of your family. Bring at least 8 photos of your loved ones. Copies will be made on site and art supplies are included. When finished, place your photo screen in a cherished place in your home so that your ancestors are always looking upon you with love and care. Workshop will be facilitated by critically acclaimed Chicago-based artist, Candace Hunter, whose work can be found at chleeart.com. This event is FREE but space is limited. Please register to confirm your space. For more information, contact Ms. Haynes at shaynes@gcychome.org.

My Daughter, Myself: Mother/Daughter Retreat
Saturday, November 22, 2014
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
This retreat for mothers and daughters (aged 7-25) is designed to allow mothers & daughters more time to interact, discuss and role-play different aspects of their relationship, enhance their communications and have fun doing it! Leave with an increased level of communication… Come out for a great time with author & generational development coach – C. Lynn Williams! For ticketing information, e-mail clynn@clynnwilliams.com or visit mymothermyself.eventbrite.com.

GCYC’s 2nd Annual Family Night (GCYC Members/Families Only)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us for this holiday celebration that will provide activities for the entire family including art, games, and movement (so dress comfortably). This free Uplift event, brought to you by our Presenting Sponsor, UnitedHealthCare, will include a holiday feast and raffles. For more information, contact Lisa Beavers at 773-358-4053 or lbeavers@gcychome.org.

Diasporal Discoveries’ 2nd Annual Horizon Expansion Fundraiser: The Gift of the Griot
Sunday, December 7, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Join this group for a catered, social afternoon featuring the performance of professional storyteller, Patricia “Serenity” Redd. Includes silent auction. Your support will help fund their 2015 youth Journeys (out-of-state travel) that will culminate their cultural studies programs. Tickets are $30.00. For more information, visit www.diasporaldiscoveries.org.

GCYC’s Annual Holiday Arts Bazaar
Saturday, December 13, 2014
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the holidays in style with this free event for the entire family to enjoy. Stop by our craft stations and make gifts to give to your loved ones. Enjoy live performance, and holiday treats. Visit our special Kwanzaa Corner as the Bazaar’s newest addition, brought to you by two of the Center’s programs, Uplift and Upward Bound. For more information, contact Ms. Haynes at shaynes@gcychome.org.

Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre’s “Wake Up” Holiday Show
Sunday, December 14, 2014
3:00-4:30 p.m.
The purpose of the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre is to promote the progress of creativity and education in the performing arts as well as to assist children in receiving quality instruction in technique and dance appreciation. For tickets or more information about this event, contact Faunta Luckett at missluckett@gmail.com

South Shore Drill Team Holiday Shows
Saturday, December 20, 2014
2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Guaranteed to be spectacular, these shows sell out quickly, so get your tickets early! For tickets, or more information, contact South Shore Drill Team staff at ssdtchicago@gmail.com.

Recent Events

The 5th Annual 2014 Black History Month Career Day was a great success! View event photos and find out how you can be a part of Career Day in 2015.

View photos from the 2014 Black Youth Story, a performance-based celebration of Black culture, history and accomplishments from a youth perspective.

View photos from Growing Up with Promise and Possibility Benefit, October 2014.

View photos from Growing Up Daley GCYC’s Inaugural Benefit, October 2012.