20,000 Better Chances


The Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) 20th Anniversary Gala was held at Chicago’s Theater on the Lake on October 25, 2018. YCCS and its campuses, honored educational visionaries and advocates for quality education for all youth in the greater Chicago area. The VIP Reception was followed by a Premier Gala with special guests, student presentations and an awards ceremony, including Community, Advocacy and Big Picture Honorees.

Youth Connection Charter School is a not-for-profit educational organization, partnering for the past two decades with non-profit community-based organizations, some who have served their neighborhoods over 40 years. Recognized as a national leader in high quality alternative high school educational programs; in 1997, YCCS was the only alternative education system chartered in Illinois dedicated exclusively to serving students in need of non-traditional pathways to graduation, college, and careers. Learn more about us.

Many thanks to our sponsors and guests who have supported our accomplishments and indeed made the evening a grand celebration! Enjoy the 20th Anniversary Gala festivities below!

Gala Book and Gallery

Our Vendors

Theater on the Lake

Windy Violin Studios

The Jason Hunt Jazz

Hel’s Kitchen Inc.

NPB Productions

Dave’s Down To Earth Rock Shop

Elias Carmona Photography

Elegant Chairs Covers and Decor

Destiny Film and Media

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