GAPADEMICS SUMMER 2017 Every summer is a great summer

"The Best Summers I have spent were spent at GAP Community Center" - Summer Worker with One Summer Chicago

GAPademics Safe Haven is a program initiated by the City of Chicago/Chicago Public School to partner with neighborhood organizations to provide locations for youth summer programs/after school where they learn about various things. GAPademics is facilitated in the building of Grace and Peace Community where it utilizes its gym, classroom, and kitchen at no cost to Safe Haven or the children involved. GAPademics serves youth in the Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods in Chicago. Most youth served are ethnic minorities, many of whom come from low-income families where English is not spoken. Most kids will never have the opportunities that we try to provide for them. We would like our kids to be well rounded and cultured in all aspects.

Teenagers and Kids are most vulnerable during the summer months because of the lack of funding being used to enrich our youth. Since school is out of session during this time kids are susceptible to violence, drugs and gangs. With your help we will be able to provide an atmosphere that teaches youth life skills that can further them in the future. With the help of the ONE SUMMER CHICAGO program we are able to hire 20-25 youth from the city to work with us. During their time with us they learn a number of life skills like how to budget their money, conflict resolution, and leadership skills.

Briar Street Theatre: Blue Man Group

In the many years, we have provided a fun and healthy environment. Field Trips are one of the ways we have introduced our kids to new ideas and experiences. With your donation our children will be able to experience all that the city of chicago has to offer and more. In the past we have partnered with organizations and companies like Briar Street Theater, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago History Museum. These organizations have entrusted in us tickets and funds to provide a summer to remember for our kids.

With your charitable donation we will be able to provide 110 Kids and teenagers a summer program that they can enjoy and remember. We look forward to our future partnerships.

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