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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.

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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Summer Leadership Program

Western Avenue has a Summer Leadership Program for Middle Schoolers. Participants learn leadership skills while exploring their local community.

Heartland Community College Drama Camp

We have partnered with Heartland Community College to offer a no cost Drama Camp for 6-8th graders. Camp is June 27th-July 1st from 9AM-12 PM at Western Avenue Community Center!

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

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