The Quinn Center’s Summer Enrichment Program continues to serve as a beacon of hope, offering the most affordable, full-day program for youth and teenagers in the Proviso area.
As a result of the pandemic, many of their students were almost a full year behind on academic and behavioral benchmarks, especially in core subjects. Months of remote learning left them craving socialization, extracurriculars, and personal attention–all of which they received when their in-person camp resumed this summer. Through activities like science experiments, basketball clinics, and fine arts classes, nearly 100 kids gained skills for healthy bodies, minds, and souls.
The program also serves a critical role in stimulating the local economy by generating dozens of teen and teacher employment opportunities. One of their Teen Camp Counselors shared that: “I am excited to wake up and come to work at Quinn because it doesn’t feel like work. I could be at home doing nothing or out in the streets. This program has helped lift me out of feeling trapped with mental problems. It’s easier to talk to people and I feel more expressive and positive.” The Quinn Center has become a second home for this young woman and many others who feel like outsiders or lack support systems at home.
In the words of a community partner, “Trust in the Quinn Center is palpable…the staff knows and loves the people of this neighborhood and this love is reciprocated. The Quinn Center has successfully knit bonds where there were none.”
The Quinn Center of St. Eulalia