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 Youthstory, 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

Ladder Up Tax Assistance
Saturdays, February 6, 20, 27, 2016
9:00-12:00 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

GCYC Volunteer Orientation
Friday, February 9, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM

If you are interested in becoming a GCYC volunteer and lending a helping hand, please join us at one of these orientations so we can get you registered, oriented, and ready to work! For more information, contact Senyah Haynes via e-mail.

Uplift Community Film: In My Father’s House
Thursday, February 25, 2016
6:30 PM

Join us for this free film screening about fatherhood, forgiveness, and personal redemption. Refreshments will be served and there will be a discussion following the film. This film is rated R and minors must be accompanied by an adult. To RSVP, contact Senyah Haynes via e-mail.

GCYC’s 10th Annual Black Youthstory
Friday, February 26, 2016
6:00-8:00 PM

This cultural event in celebration of Black History Month showcases youth performing groups from throughout the city of Chicago. Featured talent includes M.A.D.D. Rhythms, the South Shore Drill Team, Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre, The Jesse White Tumbling Team, and more. Tickets are free, but must be reserved. Group reservations are welcome. For more information, or to reserve tickets, please contact Diane Brown via e-mail

Congressman Bobby Rush’s Utility Resource Fair
Saturday, February 27, 2016
10:00 AM -1:00 PM

This resource fair will feature programs that are able to assist income-eligible individuals with utility bills, furnace replacement, and home energy efficiency. Guests can learn about these programs and enroll onsite. This event is open to the community. For more information, contact Robyn Wheeler Grange via e-mail.

Past Events


Thank you to all of our donors & sponsors for their generous support! BerbeeWalsh Foundation, Comer Family Foundation, Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, GCM Grosvenor, The Malkin Family, McClain & Canoy, LLC, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, The Rooney Family, The Rosenfield Family, Urban Partnership Bank, Bernstein Private Wealth Management, Guy & Courtney Comer, Robert Craigie & Stephanie Comer, The Delve Group, GCI, Harris Family foundation, Loeb & Loeb, LLP, Merit Advisors, The Sustena Group, UnitedHealthcare, Willis Private Client | Willis Foundation

View photos from GCYC 2015 Benefit Luncheon.

2015 Career Week at GCYC & GCCP was a great success! View event photos.

View photos from the 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 2013.

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