Southside Educational Center for Youth

Basic Information

Address: 720 West 111th Street Chicago, Illinois 60628
Phone Number: 773-821-9970
Fax Number: 773-821-9479

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Additional Information

Focus: Academic Achievement and Character Development
Director: Vivian Taylor
Schools Served: Elementary and High Schools in the Roseland/West Pullman Community
County: Cook
Ages: 6-15 years
Capacity: 70
Membership/Pricing: Weekly Tuition/Child care subsidy (ages 6-12)

Center based program grouped by age (6-8) (9-11) (12-15)


SECY is a private not-for-profit after school and summer program that was founded in 1997. The program provides education, recreational, and character development activities in addtion to an effective parenting training.

Program Highlights:

SECY's Executive Director was highlighted on Channel 7 Someone You Should Know with Harry Porterfield; SECY's Literacy Education program was highlighted in the Chicago Community Trust Annual Report; SECY's Executive Director received the Community Partnership Award from Top Ladies of Distinction-Chicago Chapter; SECY's Literacy Education Program was highlighted in The Chicago Defender in 1998 as a model for literacy education in afterschool programs.Working with special needs students, foster children, and at-risk children is SECY's greatest highlight. The youth in our program have made great gains in academics, positive socialization, and career planning.

Support Services:

SECY relies heavly on contributions from foundations and personal contributions.


Educational: Testing and Assessment in reading and math, tutoring, homework assistance, computer, creative writing.
Recreational: Games, arts & crafts, drama, sports, dance, cultural arts.
Character Development: Boys to Men and Girls to Ladies Club, Junior Achievement

Field Trip Destinations: Field trip destinations vary and include educational and recreational trips.
Slogan: Helping You-Help Our Youth