R CITY Programs build skills and link children to the relationships and resources needed to walk from cradle to career.

All R CITY After-School youth gain greater access to nutrition, receiving meals each day of programming through our partnership with Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Programs are also punctuated with visioning field trips, expanding our students’ world outside their immediate neighborhood and lifting our students’ sights to their next phase of life.


Programs begin Tuesday, September 19th!


Schedule: Tuesday-Friday, 3:15-5:30

  • Humboldt Park youth from Kindergarten to 5th grade.
  • Fall Semester: September 19th-December 15th

Parents: Enroll your children by printing off this After-school Registration Form or stop in to sign up your children.

Registro en Español

For more information, contact Julian Cruz:


Dreamseekers: Junior High Sports and Mentoring

Building the path for neighborhood junior high youth through relationships, sports, mentoring and visioning field trips.

Programs begin Monday, September 18th!


Schedule: Homework and Hoops, Monday and Tuesday, 3:15-4:30 PM

Humboldt Park youth from 6th-8th grade are welcome to attend.

City Life- Friday Nights at New Life Centers

For more information, contact Joe Cruz:


Young Leaders Cohort

Young Leaders Info Sheet-2017

This year our Young Leaders Cohort will include 12 junior high youth who will grow as leaders and learners. They will engage with mentors, learn leadership skills, and attack every barrier that challenges their identity. Students within the Cohort gain in-school support to achieve their goals of on-track, on-time 8th grade graduation and acceptance into a high-performing high school.

Young Leaders will work as leaders in their community in an after school apprenticeship and as learners in Friday Sessions receiving training, support and an educational stipend for participation.

To apply for the Cohort, complete the apprentice application: Application 2017-18 ASP

Harambee 2After School Apprenticeships:

Apprenticeship Info Sheet-fall 2017

R City’s Apprenticeship program empowers high school students and young adults through job skills training by engaging them in paid internships during after school program hours.

Two Opportunities- one application!

Apply now!

Selected apprentices will be invited to either Dreambuilders or Harambee based on interest and experience. 

Dreambuilders Apprentices: Teens serve their community as assistants for the children’s program leading and teaching elementary school children.

Major Expansion: Harambee Tuckpointing Apprenticeships

Major apprenticeship expansion has begun! Within Harambee, youth ages 12-18 are trained in the skill of tuckpointing, preparing them not only for union trades careers, but also for hard work in any field. 

Help us make this innovative expansion possible. Give to the Harambee project!

Scholarship Fund

To date, seed funding has been invested into a Scholarship Fund for youth from R CITY and its connected congregation of River City Community Church. As R CITY programs build along the cradle to career continuum, we look forward to offering scholarships to alleviate the financial hurdles to college, that final pivotal step into many careers.

For more information on any R CITY program (or to schedule a site visit to see for yourself), please e-mail the directors.

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