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.

Youth Out-of-School-Time Programming

SLYC After School offers academic enrichment, social-emotional learning, and leadership development for children ages 4 to 19. Every school day SLYC kids gather together for community engagement, healthy foods, academic support, enrichment opportunities, and more! 

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.

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, to tutoring, technology, food distribution, leadership development, and employment, our community works together to make things happen.

Moms On a Mission (M.O.M.) is a program in which mothers and caregivers in West Baltimore collaborate to address issues that affect their children, families, and community. This project ensures those with the greatest stake in the conditions and outcomes of the community are the ones determining priorities, developing programs, connecting to resources, and implementing change. M.O.M. provides financial, organizational, and administrative support required for community members to bring effective, enduring solutions. 

Connections Café

A place for community, connection, and creation. SLYC Café offers free high-speed internet access, use of computers, meeting space, and coffee for community members during the weekday. It is a safe haven of support to incubate aspirational endeavors. Rather than reaching outside of the community, we aim to accomplish great things by activating our shared gifts, talents, and assets.

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. 

Community Engagement 

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.