Gary Comer Youth Center

Gary Comer Youth Center was established in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in May 2006. Our mission is to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. We provide a safe and supportive environment for youth after school, on weekends and during school hours. We are committed to developing the full potential, talent and skill of young people from 5th grade through college graduation. We offer programming in three primary categories: academics, enrichment and college success.

GCYC is located on the Comer Education Campus, which is comprised of Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep and Gary Comer Middle School, and is open to students from across the South Side of Chicago. Working with best-in-class partners, we currently serve over 2000 youth annually. The White House Council for Community Solutions recognized GCYC as a model of innovation.


Greg Mooney

President & Executive Director

Ayoka Samuels

Center Director

Kimberly Coady

Director of Advancement

Christine Witnik


Dan Schuch

Director of Facilities

Alex Requena

Director of IT


Gary Comer Youth Center works with a range of partners, including private foundations, corporations, government agencies, and community organizations. We rely on a wide array of support and collaboration ranging from local organizations to colleges, universities and companies across the nation.