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Class Descriptions

After School Matters: Art

Explore your artistic side.

Visual & Performing Arts

After School Matters: Leaps and Bounds

Join Leaps & Bounds to build the skills and knowledge necessary to have a successful transition into your freshman year of high school. Teens practice goal setting, time management, and study skills. Additionally, teens learn about college including the benefits of advanced education and the entrance requirements and knowledge gained during visits to college campuses. The final project of Leaps & Bounds is a performance of original works produced by the teens during the program.

Academic Support & College Prep

After School Matters: S.Y.G.S.

Leadership development course aimed at students who are interested in peer development.

Leadership & Social Development

After School Matters: Upward Bound

This is a college preparation program to assist youth in 10-12 grades with developing an action plan for success.

Academic Support & College Prep

Art Club

Maker's space where you are free to find your artistic voice by working with materials like paint, clay, pastels and others. **2 hour course

Visual & Performing Arts

Band

Members interested in learning an instrument can gain the experience here at GCYC. Band courses cover Level I music theory and practice and other progressive forms of Band. Our artist in residence People's Music School runs the show! Class meets Tu, W, Th 4pm-6:30pm.

Visual & Performing Arts

Boys Game Room

Gamers paradise featuring Xbox1, PS4, pool and board games galore.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

CoEd Game Room

Gamers paradise featuring Xbox1, Ps4, and board games galore.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

College Counseling

Let us help you develop goals for your future. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-7 PM by appointment only.

Academic Support & College Prep

Culinary

Young people will learn basics of cooking and fun tasty ways for healthier meals. They will also learn how to work as a caterer, real restaurant cooking, and full meals, start to finish all from scratch!

Urban Agriculture & Culinary Arts

Destiny

Civic engagement & leadership development programs that teach to the types of 21st Century Skills that will help members accomplish any goal they set for themselves. Civic engagement & leadership development programs engage members in a series of activities/experiences aimed at developing their best self.

Leadership & Social Development

Destiny Leaders Cub

Girls leadership development program powered by Diasporal Discoveries

Leadership & Social Development

Excel

We offer academic support for any subject.

Academic Support & College Prep

Friday Movie Club

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Popcorn and snacks included.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

FSM - Apprentice

In FSM News Apprentice, teens are equipped in the building blocks of media production. Through a series of hands-on projects, youth build skills in areas from photography to sound design. Teens form an understanding of the media's role in the community while creating work that challenges society's ideas of youth in Chicago.

Media & Technology

FSM – Advanced

In FSM News Advanced, teens work together to produce FSM News, a teen news show distributed on CAN TV, ABC 7's website and Youtube. Youth control every step of the production process from writing scripts and conducting interviews to editing it all together. FSM News gives teens a platform to make their voices heard on important issues while being prepared for the media, film and television industries.

Media & Technology

Game Creation

What makes a game fun? Youth will explore this idea as they design their own games using a variety of tools. Learn to create a video game from start to finish. Those that learn the basics, will have the chance to explore the world of Minecraft modding.

Media & Technology

Game Room

The pre-teen lounge is a great place to come to if you want to relax, work on school projects, hang out with friends or play video games. The pre-teen lounge has everything you need to geek out, chill out, or find a way to challenge yourself with our weekly " The Best Me" challenge.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

GCYC Culinary Arts

Learn where your food comes from and add some knife skills to it.

Urban Agriculture & Culinary Arts

GCYC Drama

Have you ever thought of acting in plays and being on stage. This performing arts option can take you straight to the big time.

Visual & Performing Arts

GCYC Hip Hop Dance

GCYC Hip Hop Dance - powered by Forward Momentum.

Visual & Performing Arts

GCYC Sports

Player development courses aimed at skill building and next level clinical training. GCYC Sports programs focus on helping members move from seasonal athletes to top performing athletes that work well within a team, commit to an active lifestyle and lead with integrity and grit.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

GEMS (Girls Empowerment and Mentoring)

GEM is a program for girls in 6-8th grades that develops confidence, character, and leadership abilities in young ladies. The program teaches young ladies to use analytical and critical thinking skills in every day decision making. Powered by Polished Pebbles, G.E.M.S is a leadership development program that aims to help girls explore more ways to be awesome.

Leadership & Social Development

Girls Game Room

Gamers paradise featuring Xbox1, Ps4, pool and board games galore.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Green Explorers

Living a healthy lifestyle involves knowing where your food comes from. Green Sleeves takes members on a food journey through gardening, composting and the biology of plants.

Urban Agriculture & Culinary Arts

Green Teens

Green Teens is a year-round employment-readiness program designed for high school teens to identify, explore and participate in urban agriculture and related green careers. The program features guest speakers, field trips and youth-led opportunities to showcase the wide variety of products and services related to the GCYC network of gardens, which includes the Comer Education Campus, the GCYC rooftop garden and the Youth Education Garden located adjacent to GCYC.

Urban Agriculture & Culinary Arts

Group Development

Civic engagement & leadership development programs engage members in a series of activities/experiences aimed at developing their best self. Improve your teamwork skills and play.

Leadership & Social Development

HIVE

This civic engagement course meets part time at GCYC and part time at St. Sabina.

Leadership & Social Development

Jr. Game Room

Gamers paradise featuring Xbox, PS4 and board games galore!

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Legacy

Civic Engagement and Leadership development program aimed at assisting you into your best self.

Leadership & Social Development

Media Mix

Animating, filming, editing, and Photoshop-ing. If you ever wanted to make a movie or learn more about graphic design, this class is for you. We will talk about what makes and enjoyable video (long or short), as we try to crack the code to making a viral hit.

Media & Technology

Media Mix

Animating, filming, editing, and Photoshoping. If you ever wanted to make a movie or learn more about graphic design, this is your class.

Media & Technology

Minecraft

By popular demand! In this class we will not only get to play the super fun game, but we will also build our overall tech skills by learning how to build resource packs, use robots to mine for you, and creating Redstone circuits.

Media & Technology

Open Gym - 3rd-5th Grades

Kids' time to get into the gym and have a blast!

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Open Gym - High School

Come and hang out and play.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Open Lab

Youth will get to explore areas of technology that interest them and build new skills by making games, learning to code, discovering the magic of 3D printing, or coming up with something totally unique.

Media & Technology

Open Recording Studio

Come and record your songs or practice your new skills.

Visual & Performing Arts

Open Tech Lab

Spend the hour playing games either individually or against others. The Minecraft server is always running!

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Robotics

Build robots made of LEGOs and learn how to code them to make them move! Program participants will also have the opportunity to apply to the GCYC robotics team and compete in the FIRST LEGO League challenge.

Media & Technology

Rockstars

Rockstars is a program of strong teen girls making a difference in society while learning the standard of finer womanhood. Teens are able to freely express themselves in a  safe, nurturing, and secure environment. They are taught how to make responsible healthy decisions, and maintain healthy life practices. 

Leadership & Social Development

S.Y.G.S. Sound Engineering

The goal of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the Audio/Sound Engineering environment. Students will develop the tools and techniques used by audio engineers to capture and manipulate sound. The course provides an introduction to the tasks of editing, mixing and production, building a foundation career of an Audio Engineer / Sound Designer is built.

Media & Technology

Serious Ball

Coaches help develop practices, safety, support of team to improve skills to play any sport. Explain basic systems functions to exercise and management of time to impact physical performance.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Small Bites

Small Bites takes youth on a food journey by teaching basic skills for creating fun and healthy snacks.

Urban Agriculture & Culinary Arts

Sound of the Future

Find your voice and develop content to tell your story. Sound of the Future is aimed at helping singers, dancers and DJ's plan their work and practice their craft. Whether you are a writer, producer, or performer, this class can help members take their passion for the music to the next level. Learn the basics of Pro-Tools software to develop your song.

Visual & Performing Arts

Strength Training

Fitness series that includes cardio, strength and balance training. Get active and involved with this health & wellness series.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Study Buddies

Anytime that you need a friend to study or help with homework completion we are here to assist. In Study Buddies, elementary school students are supported academically through homework help, tutoring, independent reading and targeted interventions based on individual student needs. The Study Buddies instructor, school teachers and parents all work together to ensure that efforts are aligned and students stay on track toward their academic goals. Study Buddies is open to 3 – 8th grade students. *Please note that this is a drop-in program which members attend only when they need help

Academic Support & College Prep

Teen Art Club

Teen Art Club is for creative types or those who have a project they would like to work on.

Visual & Performing Arts

Teen Center

The teen center offers board games such as Monopoly, Connect 4, chess, checkers. We also offer video gaming systems such as Xbox, PlayStation and the Wii system. We also offer pool, ping pong and foosball for all members.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Visual Art - 3-5th Grades

Explore Chicago murals and the artists who created them. Make a mural of your own and help to design or install one at GCYC.

Visual & Performing Arts

Visual Art - Middle School

Design course aimed at bringing your inner artist out to play, creatively.

Visual & Performing Arts