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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.


For more information please call the office at 309-829-4807

WACC Basketball League

Western Avenue Community Center Basketball Program Will Start back up on October 2,2023. Starting Every Monday on October 2nd, we will host an open Gym for JR High kids that are in 6th -8th grade, 5th graders are welcome as well. Registration will be open for fall/winter seasons for 3rd-8th graders there will be a in house league games to be played on our brand-new floor, shot clock and game chairs to sit comfortably for the players and coaches. There will also be games/ travel league and tournaments for the more skilled players that would attend to represent Western Avenue Wolves. We are looking forward to working with and developing your athlete. For more information please Call Coach-T at 309-834-9207 or email

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Willie Brown Leadership Program

Western Avenue has a Summer Leadership Program for Middle Schoolers. Participants learn life and leadership skills while exploring their local community. For more information please call the office at 309-829-4807

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. For more information please call the office at 309-829-4807




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