Special Note: Due to the current Covid-19 crisis the services described below will not be provided at the center located at 1527 W. Morse Ave until further notice. If you have further questions please call 773-381-3652 or email Robert at rconlon@howardarea.org

Ages 9-13

Who are Rogers Park Youth?

At HACC, young people are not “at-risk” youth. They are opportunity youth.

All young people deserve the opportunity, tools, and support they need to develop their interests and build a stable future, and they can find that at HACC.

Funding youth programs means that hundreds of young people from underserved communities and people of color facing prejudice are given the opportunity to blossom.

Contact: 773.381.3652

Hours: 9am – 5pm

Location: 1527 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL

Explore our programs for children and youth ages 9-13:

We offer youth-voice and social-justice themed after school programs.

What does that mean?

Students direct their curriculum on issues they want to be changed in their community– like domestic violence or gun violence– focusing on root causes like racism and prejudice. The workshops focus on Identity, Oppression, Leadership, and Non-Violent Issue-Based Activism through fun activities like learning photography, playing sports, and creative writing.

The goals?  

  • Improve academic performance through activities like tutoring and completing homework in the group
  • Develop social skills through discussion and group collaboration
  • Prepare for high school
  • Build confidence


These programs require that youth are enrolled at their respective school. Applications are available at the schools and the HACC Youth Center.

If you would like these programs offered in your child’s school please contact Robert Conlon, Director of Youth Development Services rconlon@howardarea.org

The Clubhouse provides a creative, safe, and free out-of-school learning environment where young people from our community work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.

Youth also explore the most current technology and develop skill sets to prepare for the job market.

What areas do they study?

  • Coding & Game Design
    • Scratch 2.0 and 3.0
    • Intro to C and C++
  • Content Creation 
    • Digital Audio Production
    • Digital Film Making
    • Motion Graphics/ 3-D/ Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality
    • Creating YouTube Channels & Twitch Channels
    • Graphic Design Projects
    • Podcasting
    • Social Media Management
    • Animation Projects
  • eSports
    • Team Competition
    • Live Streaming Production
    • Scholarship Assistance
    • Tournament Organizing
  • Maker Space
    • 3D Design
    • Multimedia production
    • Cosplay
    • Robotics/ Arduinos

Ages: 10-18 years old

Fun fact!

The Howard Area Clubhouse provides opportunities for global learning and multicultural exchange.  The Clubhouse Network is an international community of more than 100 Clubhouses located in 20 countries, providing youth with life-changing opportunities for over 25 years.  Check out The Clubhouse Network at www.computerclubhouse.org 

HARP is one of the longest-running literacy programs in the country–serving children for over 40 years!

Volunteer mentors work with 30 children twice per week to provide one-on-one tutoring. Mentors work with one child throughout the school year.

HARP tutors mentor and tutor children to combat illiteracy and build children’s confidence in themselves and their academic ability.

HARP Reading Specialists train new volunteers, using the National Louis University clinic model.

Who qualifies?

Children in 3rd-5th grade who are at least a grade level behind in reading at Oakton Elementary School.

I want to be a volunteer tutor!

Check out the tutor page for more information.

The SHARP program works with children in HACC afterschool and summer programs to learn about healthy eating and living. The two focus areas are nutrition education and physical fitness.

The goal is obesity prevention for the Rogers Park Community by helping youth make informed and healthy decisions.

Did you know?  

  • One in five U.S. children struggles with obesity, increasing the risk of lifelong health problems like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • Food deserts contribute greatly to childhood obesity. They are areas where residents cannot access affordable, healthy, and fresh food due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient traveling distance. They primarily impact low-income neighborhoods, often majority people of color.

HACC Summer Camp is the beautiful continuation of the confidence and skills build in HACC’s school year programs!

HACC’s free summer camp is a safe space in the neighborhood for young people to spend the summer months having fun and working on social, educational, and recreational projects.

Activities include:

  • Ceramics
  • Basketball, soccer, and boxing
  • STEM
  • Video Game Coding
  • Bicycle mechanics
  • Dance and theater
  • CosPlay
  • Maker Space
  • Social justice and community activism
  • Field trips and weekly trips to the beach

Ages: 9-13 years’ old

Who qualifies?

Any child in the Rogers Park community, but first priority is given to youth in HACC programming.

I want my child to attend!

Enrollment forms are distributed to neighborhood elementary schools in June. The forms are also available at the HACC Youth Center. Parent/Guardians must meet with Youth Department staff to complete the enrollment process prior to starting camp.

*Capacity is limited to about 70 campers.


6 weeks

Monday- Friday, 5 hours per day

Restorative Justice:

Restorative Justice is all about repairing harm, instead of punishing those who harm others. It focuses on the accountability of those harming others while allowing the people hurt to have a resolution—whether it’s through a simple conversation, apologies, or action.

This is key to empowering community members to build peace in their own neighborhoods and be present to participate in their own communities.

At the Youth Center, young people are celebrated for their worth, treated with respect, and guided to respect others even during times of conflict.

Contact us:

Youth Dept. Director: Robert Conlon rconlon@howardarea.org

Clubhouse Coordinator: Terrance David tdavid1@howardarea.org