The purpose of the community center is to unlock the potential in and with our community by providing services to the greater Chicago area through education, health awareness, advocacy, and community linked services that build on individual, family and community strengths and develop the individuals’ and families’ capacity to thrive.
We provide weekly after school program for ages 5-14 homework assistance in Math, Reading and Writing. Recreational sports: Open Gym for ages 15-1. Summer Youth Program Summer for ages 6-14 and Job for youth (One Summer Chicago).
Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Shelter, Group and individual Counseling through partnering agencies, Parental Workshop and Empowering Justice Classes.
Health classes: Diabetes classes, Annual Heath Fair, First Aid Classes for Youth and Adults, Healthy Eating (Kids and Adults), Fitness & Exercise: Zumba Class, Kids Bootcamp and Yoga coming this fall.
Food Pantry/Clothing “Giveaway”: We provide weekly food for the community members, gently used clothing and financial coaching.
Angelina Zayas, CEO & Co-Founder
Esperanza Rosario, Community Outreach Director
Erica Martinez, After School Program Coordinator
Angelina Zayas , Board Chair
Young Kim, Board Member
Ryan Yocum, Board Member
Lucy Weatherly, Board Vice Chair
Carlos Ogaldez, Board Member
Andrew Kindelin, Board Treasurer
Julie Rivera, Board Member
The GAP Community Center lives within the Hermosa neighborhood. Hermosa is the Spanish word for "beautiful". On the outside, it may look like an average, working class, Chicago community. We believe the great people of our community make it beautiful. Despite the challenges we face, we believe when we stand together we are stronger for it.