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Class Descriptions

Art Effects

Building on the basics, we can start to develop  skills with some of the more interesting materials. At the same time, intermediate levels of everything from illustrating and creating visual stories to photography and lighting  will be introduced to your growing artist. Even worlds like painting, costume making with an intro to stitch work, and mixed-media can be explored. 

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!

Visual & Performing Arts

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

Culture Club

Culture Club teaches youth to understand the purpose of culture, how it operates and functions in relation to who they are in their own community. The program seeks to explore the city of Chicago through understanding diversity of Chicago neighborhoods. 

Leadership & Social Development

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

Dynamic Dance Works

Dynamic Dance Works is a group in which students not only learn dance styles and forms but also respect, discipline, and camaraderie. Dance builds strength, balance, coordination, and posture; and develops character, creativity, self-expression, and confidence. Students gain a general sense of well-being and self-awareness. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles and perform as part of the program.

Visual & Performing Arts

Fashion Design

The Fashion Design program for 6-8th grade students at will primarily focus on illustration methods, basic sewing techniques and garment creation while incorporating recycled and sustainable materials for most projects.

Visual & Performing Arts

Fit Kids

Learn about the basic things the body and mind need to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Develop seasonal fitness goals and work towards them with a team. Step your game up by engaging in fitness obstacle courses and group challenges.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Free Lab

Game on! Spend the hour playing games either individually or against others. The Minecraft server is always running, and make sure to keep your ears open for game tournaments. (Friday Only)

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. 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 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. 

Leadership & Social Development

Green Sleeves

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 Sprouts Garden Club

The Green Sprouts Garden Club welcomes 3rd – 5th graders to explore the wonders of plants, especially those that we eat. Come learn how to grow edible plants and enjoy how delicious they are to eat!

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 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

H.I.V.E. Youth

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

Issa Vibe Carribean Dance

Explore the traditions and dance styles from the Carribean islands. Learn about Carnival celebrations across the Caribbean, which are world famous festivals on the islands that unite people across the globe to celebrate afro-Caribbean culture through robust and colorful costumes, food, dance and music.

Visual & Performing Arts

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

Little Makers

Everything you will need to get started in the world of art is right here. As we work on fundamentals like sculpting, painting, and drawing we will move beyond lines and limitations. Your children will explore new ways of seeing their world, not just in colors and shapes and the things outside but as something they are a part of and something they can make beautiful.

Visual & Performing Arts

Media Remix

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

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. (Friday Only)

Media & Technology

Mosaic Art

Mixed material art class exploring use of recycled materials to create mural art. Members will study mural projects of artists across the City of Chicago. Inspired by their learning and other hands on experiences, members will contribute to a design for a large mosaic project at GCYC in collaboration with local teen artists.

Visual & Performing Arts

Movies & Chill: Drop in 

A structured recreational program for youth. The program provides a space to have fun watching movies, relax, and reflect. 

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

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 this December.

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

Sound of the Future

Find your voice and develop content to tell your story. Sound of the Future is a music production program that explores the variety of people who contribute to an artist development. Whether you are a writer, producer, or performer, this class can help members take their passion for the music to the next level.

Visual & Performing Arts

Strength Training

Aimed at members who are involved in sports or those who want to engage in scheduled work outs. Develop seasonal fitness goals and work towards them with support from GCYC staff. Step your game up by engaging in fitness obstacle courses and other challenges.

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

The Art Apprenticeship

Teens in this program will be meeting with the creative forces currently shaping Chicago's artistic community. That means creative and visual artists, directors, gallery curators, business owners will be offering the insight, inspiration, and business/networking fundamentals required to establish a successful career as a creator. Teens will be taught advanced methods and techniques in design development, drafting, illustration, painting, photography, carpentry, and sculpting.

Visual & Performing Arts

Upward Bound

This is a college preparation program for 10-12 grades.

Academic Support & College Prep