Help us empower at risk youth and change lives.

developing the next generation


Provide at risk youth in Chicago-land communities with SKILLS, RESOURCES, AND OPPORTUNITIES.


  • Volunteer
  • Join the Youth Program
  • Become a Community Partner
  • Become a Business Partner

As a 501(c)3 non-for profit organization, The Pop Up Youth Center relies on the assistance and generosity of friends to ensure that we can provide these constructive programs.  Please help us by clicking the "Donate" button below:

Our People

​​​​​​Youth violence is one of Chicago’s most pressing public policy problems.  A careful “social autopsy” carried out by the University of Chicago Crime Lab revealed that a large share of homicides of Chicago youth stem from impulsive behavior – young people with access to guns, massively over-reacting to some aspect of their social environment. 

The Pop Up Youth Center provides at-risk youth with skills, resources, and opportunities. Studies show that providing these economic and social mechanisms could assist in curbing youth violence.

​Our vision is simple: Skills  +  Opportunities =  An alternative to youth violence

​Welcome to the Pop Up Youth Center!