The Cabrini Green Youth Program was founded in 1984 by a group of Northwestern University Medical School students concerned about the plight of children living in the Cabrini Green housing project, located near the medical school.
Certain that the only way for these children to escape poverty and all its associated health and social risks was through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, higher education and job placement, the students created CYP. Later changed to the Near North/Cabrini Green Youth Program to accommodate the changing housing situation of our program families, as the high rises came down, NNCGYP continues to serve the youth of Near North/Cabrini Green with the comprehensive programs, listed below.
Read to Me (3-6 years old) – Read to me fosters the child’s interest in written language while teaching age-appropriate literacy concepts. The program pairs children with an adult volunteer.
SCORE Tutoring I, II, and II (1st-6th grade) & Teen Tutoring (7th-9th grade) – SCORE Tutoring provides one-on-one assistance to youth, focusing on establishing healthy, trustworthy relationships between tutors and tutees and empowering tutors to identify and teach concepts critical to the student’s long-term outcome not fully mastered in the classroom, through CYP-developed Concept Packages.
Primary and Preventive Health Programs
Comprehensive Volunteer Health Clinic –
Located in donated space within Lurie Children’s Hospital, this award-winning free clinic is run by volunteer physicians providing physicals, sick care, immunizations, well care, gynecological exams, eye and ear testing, social work, and 24-hour emergency care to our youth.
CGYP youth who regularly attend our educational programs enjoy a wide array of positive recreational activities. Programs include soccer, golf, book clubs, arts/crafts, camps, skating, bowling, movies, museums, and a variety of other outings and experiences.