Chicago Youth Centers Collection
218 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60604
Extent: 30 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is Chicago's largest independent, locally based, multi-site youth services organization. It was founded in 1956 by two visionaries, Chicago businessmen Elliott Donnelley and Sidney Epstein, who wanted young people living in poverty to have an alternative to the streets. CYC was born out of three boys' clubs that had fallen on hard times. With the merger of the American Boys Commonwealth Club and the Boys Brotherhood Republic in North Lawndale together with the South Side Boys Club (later renamed the Elliott Donnelley Youth Center) in Bronzeville, a new city-wide agency was formed. Chicago Youth Centers. From the very beginning, girls were admitted to all programs, a first in the city.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection consists mostly of meeting minutes of the board, film, photographs and other artifacts and documentation about the organizations activities over the past 50 years.