Celebrating the Success of CYC-Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center in Chicago’s South Shore Neighborhood
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO (March 7, 2016)—Chicago Youth Centers (CYC), Chicago’s largest independent youth and family services organization will present South Shore Shake & Stir on Friday, March 18, 6-10 p.m. Hosted at the historic South Shore Cultural Center, this evening fundraiser will celebrate and raise funds for CYC-Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center (CYC-Crown) and its work with children and families in South Shore. Several local community leaders will attend Shake & Stir, including the event’s Honorary Chairs, 7th Ward Alderman Gregory I. Mitchell and Allyson Scrutchens, a former operations and program manager at the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.
“We look forward to partnering with Chicago Youth Centers in efforts to revitalize the 7th Ward while empowering our youth to achieve,” said Alderman Mitchell. “I am proud to support CYC’s programs that equip children and teens for success in school and the workplace and help families prevent violence in the community.”
“South Shore Shake & Stir isn’t your typical gala, although it will feature all the fun and excitement of one,” said CYC Board member and event co-chair Judy Macior. “What makes this event different is the opportunity to honor South Shore’s past, present, and future with key members of the community. Investing in the neighborhoods we serve and partnering with community leaders is integral to CYC’s success, and South Shore Shake & Stir will reflect that. We’re excited to showcase local businesses and restaurants, including neighborhood bakery and café Give Me Some Sugah, and to host a meet and greet with local community leaders.”
CYC-Crown is the site of CYC’s successful pilot program in South Shore, aimed at creating a modern epicenter of learning for Chicago children in underserved communities. Since the start of the pilot, CYC-Crown has doubled its enrollment, quadrupled its parent participants and built a Maker Lab, a technical workshop where children use software, 3-D printers and vinyl cutters to create products and solve problems. “We’re incredibly proud of the achievements our children have demonstrated in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) fields and their growth in critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration,” said Christy Beighe-Byrne, Director of Programs & Operations at CYC-Crown. “I believe we are equipping South Shore’s next generation of entrepreneurs and community leaders.”
About South Shore Shake & Stir: This James Bond themed fundraiser will feature an open bar, award-winning catering by BOKA Catering Group, bites by local restaurants, dancing to live music by the Chicago Catz and an extensive silent auction with gift certificates and tickets to sporting events, theater shows, restaurants and more. The VIP Reception from 6-7pm offers a specialty cocktail, gift bag with a gift made by CYC children and a meet and greet with South Shore community leaders. VIP tickets are $150 and general admission tickets are $75. To purchase tickets to this event, visit http://chicagoyouthcenters.org/south-shore-shake-and-stir/ or call (312) 913-1700, ext. 424.
About Chicago Youth Centers: CYC supports the development of successful kids in Chicago’s underserved communities by surrounding them with the social capital needed to persist and achieve in school, life, and ultimately the workforce: innovative and creative spaces to learn, engaged families and mentors and programs designed to expand children’s abilities to think critically, create, communicate and collaborate. CYC serves more than 4,000 children and families each year at its seven neighborhood Centers in the west and south sides of the city, several partner sites and a camp in Dowagiac, Michigan. Learn more at www.chicagoyouthcenters.org, follow CYC on Twitter ChicagoCYC and like CYC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chicagoyouthcenters.
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(312) 913-1700, ext. 451