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Registration for 2017-2018

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Class Descriptions

Art

Teen art club for the creative types or those who have a project they would like to work on.

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

Boys Game Room

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

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

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

Destiny Leaders Cub

Girls leadership development program powered by Diasporal Discoveries

Leadership & Social Development

Excel

Academic support for any subject

Academic Support & College Prep

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

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. 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. 

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 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

Jr. Game Room

Gamers paradise featuring xbox, ps4 and board games galore!

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Legacy

Civic Engagement/Leadeship development program aimed at assisting you into your best self. ***Wednesday only

Leadership & Social Development

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

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

Movie Makers

Movie Makers - Learn the basics of camera angles, movie editing and sound with the help of Adobe Premier software.

Media & Technology

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. Open until 8:30 pm.

Visual & Performing Arts

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

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 a music production program is a music production course intended for writers and producers 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. Learn the basics of Pro-Tools software to develop your song.

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

Teen Center

The teen center is full of games such as monopoly , connect 4, chess, checkers and a host of many more board games. We also offer video gaming systems such as Xbox, PlayStation and the Wii system and we offer pool, ping pong and foosball for all members.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Teen Photo/Video Design

The video production class aims at teaching the fundamentals of this art through working on two projects. A collective straight documentary for the center activities and individual free form projects. The students will switch roles in the production process to learn the responsibilities of each crew member in the pre-production, production, and post-production stages.

Media & Technology

Upward Bound

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

Academic Support & College Prep

Visual Art

Create whatever you want during open studio.

Visual & Performing Arts

YWS – Youth Working for Success

This program brings together civic leadership values and a comprehensive workforce readiness experience for participants. Creative thinking, problem-solving, and project-based learning are all central to civic leadership and provide a pathway for academic and professional success. The program offers participants opportunities for personal, social, and professional development along the following dimensions: ● Social Emotional Learning principles ● Social Entrepreneurship ● Community projects as leadership development practice ● Community engagement and awareness ● Career Exploration ● Peer leadership ● Creative thinking The program will prepare participants for work readiness and develop their skill-sets in the following areas. Participants will be evaluated on these areas through the pre and post assessments.

Academic Support & College Prep