What distinguishes CYC from drop-in youth centers is that members sign up to attend and participate in a comprehensive, structured curriculum designed to improve their academic performance in school as well their life and social skills.
A book detailing the 53-year history of Chicago's largest locally based youth development organization will serve in four major ways.
- It will re-engage large donors and vested partners through interviews, raising support
- It will provide media opportunities throughout the city of Chicago via gift copies and signing parties, raising awareness of the organization, its mission, and its accomplishments
- It will provide searchable archives to be shared with other youth development organizations
- It will serve as an end of the 50th Anniversary Building Futures Campaign book for top donors, including co-founder Sidney Epstein, raising confidence in the organization and its proven track record of keeping youth safe while helping them build on their assets to create a more positive future for themselves and their communities.