Chicago Youth Boxing Club
Chicago Youth Boxing Club’s (CYBC) mission is to give youth a constructive, healthy alternative to gang violence and drug activity while helping youth build the life skills and determination necessary to seek a positive future for themselves and their community. Our goal is to provide kids with a platform for which they can expand upon the discipline and goal-orientation needed to succeed in their academic and extra-curricular pursuits, while improving their health by increasing their knowledge of fitness and nutrition, and providing work-readiness training and college orientation that will increase educational attainment and earning potential.
CYBC’s nonprofit sports-based youth development programming has been operating in Chicago’s South Lawndale (also known as Little Village) community since 2006 and is the only independent boxing program in Chicago dedicated to comprehensive youth engagement. Programming includes three elements structured around six core values: discipline, unity, education, health, service, and leadership. Program elements include 1. Daily boxing instruction with licensed youth development coach-mentors 2. Health/nutrition education, and 3. College orientation and work readiness training. These pro-active elements of programming are what the organization believes to be the most prevalent form of violence-prevention for youth ages 8 and up within South Lawndale.