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.


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Upcoming Events

Ladder Up Tax Assistance
Saturdays, January 31-February 28 and April 11 2015 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ladder Up will provide free tax services at the Gary Comer Youth Center. Since 1994, over 16,000 Ladder Up volunteers have returned $335 million to 165,000 hardworking clients, helping them move up the economic ladder. Through TAP (Tax Assistance Program) they enrich communities with practical financial solutions. For more information, visit their website.

UnitedHealthcare Enroll-A-Thon
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join UnitedHealthcare to learn about health plans being offered on the 2015 Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. See if you qualify for financial assistance (subsidy) to help pay for your health plan and find out if your doctor is in their network before you sign up for the plan that’s right for you. For more information, call 1 844.492.8769.

Uplift Parent Advisory Council
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

This is a monthly meeting for the Uplift Parent Advisory Council- a group of extraordinary parents who help plan events, volunteer, and give input on Center programming as it relates to their youth. For more information, please contact Lisa Beavers via e-mail lbeavers@gcychome.org.

GCYC Volunteer Orientations
Tuesday, February 10th and Thursday, February 19th, 2015 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

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, and attending an  orientation. Walk-ins welcome. For more information, contact Ms. Haynes at shaynes@gcychome.org or 773-358-4100.

GCYC’s 4th Annual Black History Month Film Series
Wednesdays: February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2015 | 7:00 pm

This film series explores the Black experience – this year focusing on our theme of self-determination. Attendance is free; minors under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Attend all four films and be entered into a raffle to win a Black History Month Viewers Goodie Pack!

2/4/15 Banished vividly recovers the forgotten history of racial cleansing in America when thousands of African Americans were driven from their homes and communities by violent, racist mobs.
2/11/15 Get on the Bus is about a disparate group of African-American men who travel by bus to Washington, D.C. for the Million Man March.
2/18/15 Having Our Say tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred “colored”) sisters who both lived past the age of 100.
2/25/15 The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords chronicles the history of the Black press, including its central role in the construction of modern African-American identity.

GCYC’s 9th Annual Black Youthstory 
Friday, February 27, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Youth-focused performance groups from across the city present Black History through different forms of artistic expression in our annual showcase. Tickets are free, but they must be reserved. For tickets, contact Ms. Haynes at shaynes@gcychome.org or call 773.358.4100.

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.