We aspire to uplift our children and communities through our academic achievement, civic engagement, Social Emotional learning and more.


Building Leaders is a free, out-of-school time enrichment program designed for students ages 13 to 18. The program provides academic support with highly individualized assistance to help teens graduate high school and enter college prepared to succeed. Students will engage in educational development and hands-on learning through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming and opportunities to participate in a variety of recreation, skill building, and civic engagement activities. Additionally, our qualified educators and staff support the growth and engagement of the community’s youth through social emotional workshops, life skill building opportunities, and physical, relational, and mental health forums.


  • Must be 13-18 years old
  • Desire to participate in the program and be willing to abide by all Building Leaders policies and procedures.
  • 85% of attendance is a must to participate per week.
  • Agree to attend program events as required (College visits, etc.)
  • Providing a copy of each term report card.
  • Participate in homework and/or academic activities.

Community youth are given a comprehensive set of activities and opportunities to grow, develop and build a successful path through high school and college after they complete our program. Some of the things we offer are:

  • Foster the self-worth of each child and develop the children’s self-care skills.
  • Develop their personal and interpersonal social skills and promote respect for cultural diversity.
  • Provide help with homework, tutoring, and other learning activities.
  • We help them develop thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • We provide recreational and physical activities to develop physical skills and constructively channel children’s energy levels.
  • College visits and FASFA Workshops
  • Visits from college recruiters
  • Job opportunities through partnerships with After School Matters and One Summer Chicago
  • Fun field trips such as Santa’s Village, Chicago Museums, Foster beach, etc.
  • Service learning through volunteering/ Service hours
  • Podcasts on world issues written and hosted by program students.
  • Scholarship opportunities for enrolled and qualified students
  • And much more!


Junior Building Leaders is offered in the following community location:
North Lawndale


Junior Building Leaders is an out-of-school program tailored to engage and support the educational development of our children ages 5 to 12. Our research-based curriculum offers an enriching environment to foster a love of learning while helping children develop emotionally, socially, and physically. Our qualified educators will engage children through the hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program, after-school activities and much more.

Program Hours:

School year: 2:30pm - 6pm

Summer: 8am - 6pm


Students and Parents Must:
  • Participate in the program at a minimum of an 80% attendance.
  • Provide GHC with each term report card.
  • Participate in homework/ academic activities.
  • Complete parent survey twice a year
Payment Options:
  • Families must meet state income guidelines, through Illinois Action for Children:
  • Provide Income Verification Documents or show proof of being enrolled in school.
  • Must be able to provide Income Verification Documents (2 most recent check stubs)
Other Documentation:
  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Child’s Immunization Records
  • Physical & Dental Exam dated within the last 6 months.
  • Parent picture ID
  • Medical Card
  • Evaluation documentation (only if child receives therapy)
  • Daily homework support/ tutoring
  • Daily Physical activity
  • Curriculum on Math, Reading, Science, Social Emotional Learning, etc.
  • Leadership skill building
  • Parent education and engagement
  • Social Emotional Support for Students and Parents
  • Fun and educational field trips
Program Hours:

School year: 2:30pm - 6pm

Summer: 8am - 6pm

Junior Building Leaders is offered in the following community location:
  • Pickard Elementary School
  • Peter Cooper Public School
  • Orozco Community Academy
  • Whittier Elementary School
  • Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School
  • St. Ann Catholic School
North Lawndale
  • Washington Irving
  • Plamondon Elementary

Claudia Pavon
Youth Enrollment Specialist

Call Us 
312-226-0963 ext. 224