The mission of Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is to empower children to recognize and experience their possibility and promise. CYC is the city’s largest private urban youth organization. Since 1956, they have prepared children ages 3-18 for lifelong success by surrounding them with transformative social capital: -Deliberate and intentional programs -Academic, social and emotional support -Family engagement -Community resources -Safe and innovative spaces Through seven centers on the south and west sides of Chicago, a residential camp in Michigan and numerous partner sites throughout the city, CYC helps bridge the employable skills gap and empowers families to break the persistent cycles of poverty and violence.