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Union League Boys & Girls Clubs Expanding To 7 South And West Side Schools

A $7 million grant will help the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs open sites in Archer Heights, Armour Square, Back of the Yards, Little Village and Humboldt Park.

With a help of a grant, the Union League Boys & Girls Club will open the new sites in Archer Heights, Armour Square, Back of the Yards, Little Village and Humboldt Park.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs is gearing up to open seven school-based clubs on the South and West sides after receiving a multi-million dollar grant.

In the next few months, the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs will open the sites in Archer Heights, Armour Square, Back of the Yards, Little Village and Humboldt Park. The expansion is made possible with the help of a $7 million grant from the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, Union League Boys & Girls Clubs leaders said Thursday.

“The pandemic has caused countless hardships for Chicago’s youth — learning loss, food insecurity, social and emotional challenges — and we are thrilled to be able to serve more youth and set them on a path for success thanks to the 21st CLCC award,” said Mary Ann Mahon Huels, Union League Boys & Girls Clubs President & CEO.

The clubs will open at: 

  • Hector P. Garcia High School, Omar E. Torres Elementary and Daniel Zizumbo Elementary, 4248 W. 47th St. in Archer Heights
  • Air Force Academy High School, 3630 S. Wells St. in Armour Square
  • Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy, 5024 S. Wolcott Ave. in Back of the Yards
  • Frederic Chopin Elementary School, 2450 W. Rice St. in Humboldt Park
  • Octavio Paz Elementary, 2651 W. 23rd St. in Little Village

Opening dates are contingent on coronavirus safety restrictions and school regulations.

The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs serves 15,000 Chicago youths at 10 clubs across the city, including in Pilsen, Englewood and Little Village. The organization was founded Dec. 26, 1919.

The expansion will provide services to another 770 students and will add 40 full- or part-time positions, officials said.

Melissa Sanchez, an alumna of the Union League’s Barreto Club in Humboldt Park and Richard J. Daley Academy’s assistant principal, said the expansion will have a positive impact on Daley students.

“When I think about how this expansion will impact the Back of the Yards community, I know for sure this will provide our students the much-needed social and emotional learning support that they need, especially due to the consequences of the pandemic,” Sanchez said.  

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