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Youth Programs

Programs for Youth


Western Avenue’s Youth Programs work to empower individuals. We want to give children opportunities to explore their community and create trusting and supportive relationships with our staff and peers. We offer a safe space for our community’s children to learn and have fun.

After School Program

This program provides 5th-8th grade children with recreational, leadership, community engagement, art, and science activities. We partnered with Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities to provide tutoring/homework help for the students.

Sisters by Chance

This is enrichment program provides 8th grade girls opportunities for leadership and community engagement activities, as well as educating them on career readiness

Summer Basketball Camp

Western Avenue is hosting a Basketball Camp at NO COST for 9-10 year old's June 13th-July 15th. The camp will be Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9-10:30AM

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Teen Club

This program provides teens a place to have fun and take part in recreational activities.



Sisters by Chance

"This program has impacted me by telling me that I can do anything I put my mind to. Ms. Cannon has helped me with this life learning; basically helping us with getting ready for the future and how it will impact [our] lives. [The program is] getting you ready for the future and what obstacles that you might face during life. [Sisters by Chance] ... motivates you and help you with your mental health."

- Cali, Sisters by Chance Program