SLYC is built on a foundation of safety, trust, acceptance, love, and hope. All programming is developed by the youth and their families in order to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.
We offer these programs completely free of charge.
Family Supports, Community Engagement, & Leadership Development
When there is a need, a want, a wish, or a hope, SLYC activates our network of families, neighbors, and partners to ensure that nothing gets in the way of our SLYC family successes. From COVID-relief care packages, to tutoring, technology, food distribution, leadership development, and employment, our community works together to make magic happen.
SLYC’s Moms On a Mission (M.O.M.s) began during the pandemic. MO.M.s are mothers, grandmothers and mother-figures living in West Baltimore who understand the community's needs best. This program gives M.O.M.s the financial, organizational, and administrative support needed to implement monthly community impact initiatives. Through their work, M.O.M.s are creating effective and enduring solutions in their neighborhoods.
Former International Poetry Slam Champion Gayle Danley narrates this intimate podcast where SLYC families tell their real stories. They reveal what they’ve learned about hope and survival through the art of spoken word poetry and music.
SLYC family and staff regularly plan and host community dinners, holiday celebrations, cleanup days, game nights, and more to keep us all connected. We aim to build authentic relationships of trust and collaboration.
Youth Out-of-School-Time Programming
Camp Imagination is a place where imagination, creativity, fun and literacy go hand-in-hand. Camp experiences inspire a love of reading and writing through the visual and performing arts.
Every school day SLYC kids, ages 7 to 17, gather together for a community meeting, healthy snack, homework support, and fun. Youth in the after school program are also part of the SLYC Youth Advisory Board, taking a leading role in the visioning, governance, and growth of all SLYC programs.