About Us


About Us


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.


Staff & Board


Angelina Zayas, CEO & Co-Founder

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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 "beautiful" Community

The "beautiful" Community

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. 


Partners & Endorsements

Partners & Endorsements

Additional Partners

Grace and Peace Church

Spanish Housing Coalition 

Family Focus – Family and Children Services 

Healthy Hermosa Coalition

Com Ed 

25th District Chicago Police – Domestic Violence