Established by volunteers in 1995, the Washington Park Youth Program is CYP’s largest community program which serves the high-need communities of Washington Park, Englewood, and surrounding areas.
WPYP operates in donated space at the University of Chicago and from our Community Center located at 5350 South Prairie in the Washington Park community. Completed in 2003 with the in-kind support of 18 Chicago area construction firms, our Community Center houses a tutoring room, library, pre-school area, gym, computer lab, garden, and outdoor playground.
Read to me (3-6 year olds) – Read to Me pairs children with an adult volunteer to provide one-on-one assistance with phonics skills and reading comprehension. PREP (Parent-Run Evening Preschool) – This program stresses the importance of parental involvement in their child’s education. Following the CYP-developed Path to Reading curriculum, parents systematically and effectively teach their children to read, which gaining positive parenting skills and building their own self-esteem.
SCORE Tutoring I, II, and III (1st-6th grade) & Teen Tutoring (7th – 9th grade) – SCORE tutoring programs provide one-on-one assistance to youth, focusing on establishing healthy, trustworthy relationships between tutors and tutees. These programs utilize “Concept Packages”, a tool developed by CYP in collaboration with Chicago Public School teachers, which empower tutors to identify and teach critical, grade-specific concepts which their student is struggling with.
Washington Park youth who regularly attend our educational programs enjoy a wide array of positive recreational activities. Programs include: basketball, golf, camps, bowling, skating, movies, museum trips, among many others!