Comer Education Campus

We provide a comprehensive approach to fostering growth and achievement to guide young people from across Chicago’s South Side to redefine possible.


The Comer Education Campus provides a dynamic integration of programs and services to empower youth with the tools and belief they need to realize their full potential. In addition to the youth center, schools, and program partners, youth and families enjoy many green spaces that contribute to the well-being of our community. Learn more about our campus partner organizations here.

About our commitment to health and wellness

Green spaces dedicated to recreation and combating a food desert, further enhance the social and emotional health of our youth and beautify our community.  

Located on a former industrial corridor, our 1.75-acre Youth Education Garden serves as an outdoor classroom and organic produce production center in an area of the city where fresh produce and healthy foods are hard to come by. Growing over 24,000 pounds of vegetables, fruits and herbs, the Youth Education Garden is a community asset, providing a focus on nutrition and healthy lifestyle. The garden complements our state-of-the-art facilities and advances our mission through teaching urban agriculture, horticulture, sciences and nutrition education to young people.  

Every community needs safe parks and green spaces where young people can play and be active with friends. Our athletic field serves as practice space for our sports teams and the new mini-pitch turf field allows us to expand sports & fitness programs for all ages.


Highlights & achievements from our first decade in Greater Grand Crossing:

1998 Gary Comer visits his alma mater Paul Revere Elementary School and becomes inspired to give back to the community
2006 Gary Comer Youth Center Ribbon Cutting
2008 Gary Comer College Prep commences with freshman class residing in youth center
2010 Inaugural planting of new 2-acre Youth Education Garden
2011 Gary Comer Middle School opens
2011 Chicago Public Library 5th Ward branch opens
2011 Access Community Health Center opens in Youth Center
2012 Inaugural Class of 2012 graduates high school with 100% college acceptance
2015 UtmostU brand is launched as comprehensive college support initiative
2016 First 4-year college graduates from GCCP Class of 2012