Gary Comer Youth Center 21st CCLC Promotes Civic Engagement through Afterschool Enrichment

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Through Gary Comer Youth Center’s partnership with Embarc, students have learned about Chicago’s diverse communities and cultures. Students have visited different neighborhoods and communities, met local leaders, and explored neighborhood institutions such as community-based organizations, civic organizations, and museums. These encounters help students recognize each neighborhood’s unique strengths and challenges while also realizing they have shared experiences.

“Our goal is to break down some of the barriers that exist in Chicago so students can see what they have in common with youth in other neighborhoods,” says Fredricka Holloway, the 21st CCLC’s project director. “We want them to see how by working together [with other neighborhoods], they can address some of the challenges their community faces.” ​​