Community Schools

At the YMCA of Metro Chicago, we know that low-income children in underserved communities need access to high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs. That is why the Y’s Community Schools Initiative collaborates with Chicago Public Schools and other organizations to provide high-quality programs and services at partner CPS schools for students in grades K-8. The Community Schools Initiative bridges the traditional boundaries of formal and information learning to improve student academic and social outcomes, empower families and develop strong communities.


Our initiative provides:


Community partners include:

4-H Junior Achievement
Basketball Academy Latino Organization of the Southwest (LOS)
Can-Do Crew May I Have This Dance
Character Action Media Operation Hope
Chess Academy Plaza Communitaria
CircEsteem Price Waterhouse Coopers
Columbia College Safe Dates – relationship education
Common Threads Safe Haven Homeless Shelter
Communities in Schools Chicago Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)
Daley College Sybil Allison
Destination Imagination Terra Firm
First Tee University of Chicago
Forward Momentum University of Illinois Extension
Free Lunch Academy WE
GOBE Enterprises West Lawn Public Library
Greater Chicago Food Depository Word Warriors


YMCA Community Schools Scholastic Spectacular

Each year the YMCA of Metro Chicago hosts A Scholastic Spectacular! An academic quiz bowl-style competition for teams of 5th-8th graders from YMCA Community Schools. This exciting event puts our mission in motion as students display their knowledge, artistic performers take to the stage to shine and parents and friends applaud their grit, perseverance and good sportsmanship.

To learn more about A Scholastic Spectacular! visit the here.