CYBC established its present boxing gym in 2006 with initial seed funding and a capital grant from LISC to build out the club’s space and purchase a boxing ring and equipment. CYBC began with a handful of committed youth members from the surrounding neighborhood and volunteer coaches, who assisted in the demolition, clean-up, and reconstruction that is now the gym. The original vision was to offer youth in South Lawndale a safe space to train in the rigorous sport of boxing, while providing a positive alternative to gang involvement. CYBC has since expanded programming to include a youth development focus, including its health, mentoring, and college readiness programs. The club’s Head Coach is a former professional boxer who grew up in the neighborhood and whose objective is to edify the community through proactive youth engagement. CYBC provides over 2,500 hours per year of after-school coaching and youth development programming through training, college visits, health and nutritional education as well as assistance through everyday emotional and academic struggles. Since its inception, CYBC has been dedicated to connecting under-served youth and their families to resources within the gym’s micro-culture and beyond through community partnerships. We have worked with under-served and disconnected youth through such capacities as providing employment/volunteer opportunities, developing individual health plans, academic assistance and scholarships for higher education. CYBC targets diverse levels of development in its youth work. These levels follow a hierarchy of needs that begins with personal health and progresses to address physical safety and emotional security needs, creating an environment where youth can foster intimate and trusting relationships with peers and caring adults.