Youth Programs

Spectacular Summer Camp Recap

Summer Camp Provided FREE for 120 Young People!

Through various grant awards, we were able to provide camp entirely free to all of our participating 6th-8th graders this summer! Our unique summer camp provided a well-rounded experience that was not just fun, but carefully designed to help our young people succeed in school and combat the learning gap exasperated by the pandemic impacting our community. Campers rotated through a wealth of skill-building activities including academic workshops in STEM, math, language arts, health and 21st century skills. Along with our wildly popular splash days, our campers took cultural field trips and learning adventures to The Art Institute, Millennium Park, and even hopped aboard the Chicago Architecture Center boat tour down the Chicago River. Our summer camp parents and caretakers have spoken and the feedback received was overwhelmingly positive! Some of the highlights from our survey include:

  • 50 out of 50 parents would recommend our camp to others.
  • 49 out of 50 said their young person would be joining us this fall. (only one was "unsure"!)
  • We received 4.6 out of 5 Stars overall including elements like quality, variety, staff respect, sense of safety and more!

We are proud of the success we enjoyed this summer and are focused on continuing to improve the impact we are having on our young people who joined us from over 50 different schools reflecting the reach of our one-of-a-kind offering. Click the button below to see our fall program and youth employment offerings and watch recap videos from our exceptional summer of learning and playing.

Watch Videos