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Address

5022 W Madison
Chicago, IL 60644

Contact

(773) 261-5330

Hours

Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

 About Us

What is The Peace Corner Youth Center?

The Peace Corner Youth Center is a safe haven for youth located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago‚Äôs west side. The Peace Corner welcomes more than 450 youth each year, offering after school activities, tutoring, mentoring, and athletic programs, as well as job training and employment opportunities for young adults. Catholic Charities adopted the Peace Corner Youth Center into its family of programs in 2016. 

Quotes from Volunteers and Participants:

"The Peace Corner is giving children a chance to show how much potential they have."

"It gives us a safe place to go after school instead of hanging out on the streets."

"We get to see all the kids in the neighborhood with a smile on their face."

"I come to the Peace Corner to get my homework done, stay out of trouble and get help with my business classes."

Impact

In 2017, The Peace Corner distributed more than 4,160 meals

80% of teens who participated in programs improved their grades in 2017

 Programs

Teen REACH

Teen REACH provides a safe environment with caring adult role models that will work with youth to increase academic achievement and develop the life skills necessary for future success.

WHO: Youth ages 6-17

WHAT CHALLENGES ARE THEY FACING?

· Single-parent household

· Household receiving financial assistance

· Academic difficulties or truancy

· Behavior issues in school

· Bullying or perpetrator of bullying

· No supervision after school


We’re Open….

240 days per year providing at least 720 hours of safety during high-risk, critical afterschool hours

 

CORE SERVICES PROVIDED

· Tutoring and Homework Help

· Life Skills Education: abstinence from substance abuse and criminal, violent or sexual activity

· Parental Involvement

· Recreational Sports and Cultural Activities

· Mentorship

· Community Service

 

Work Ready Program

The Work Ready program engages youth in meaningful, developmentally appropriate counseling and skills training to overcome barriers impeding economic advancement.

WHO:  Youth ages 18-21 who live in the Austin community

WHEN: Twice a Week

CORE SERVICES PROVIDED

·  Soft Skills: Training in Professionalism and Employer Expectations

·  Hard Skills: Training in industry specific credentials for high-demand entry-level positions

Career Tracks:

· Advanced Manufacturing: Participants learn the skills needed for an entry-level career in metalworking through our partnership with Manufacturing Renaissance. Credentialed metalworkers earn up to $15-$17 per hour in entry-level positions.

· Hospitality: Participants receive training and testing at the state and federal level required for entry-level food service employment. Credentialed hospitality workers earn up to $11-$15 per hour in entry-level positions.

· Retail: Participants obtain credentialing through the National Retail Federation educational program RISE Up, emphasizing basic work fundamentals, the retail business, and customer focus. Chicago-area retail professionals earn an average wage of $13.67. This track's credentialing also qualifies participants to work at Catholic Charities Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Food Centers, which consistently offer job openings throughout Cook County.

 Get Involved

Support The Peace Corner

There are many ways to support The Peace Corner, from volunteering to corporate sponsorship to monetary donations. To learn more, call (773) 261-5330.

Ways to Change Lives

Donate

Phone: (312) 655-7525
Email: donations@catholiccharities.net 
Mail:
721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654