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Mission Statement

The mission of Third Gear Youth Leadership Organization AfterSchool Program is to serve as a "safe haven" for at risk kids. 3rd Gear motivate young adults, ages 13-23, especially the economically poor who are "at risk", to mature into responsible, productive adults through self-direction. To empower and "wake-up those who sleep in the grave of ignorance". To teach them to fight for better schools, communities and a "better day"! Our youth are screaming for help and no one is listening to them. 3rd Gear will give the voice to the un-heard. Our priority is to develop leaders from the communities. .


Program Name: Third Gear Youth Leadership Organization)
Focus: At-risk low income youth in The North Lawndale Community-Chicago, Illinois

President: Linton Johnson

Vice President: Mary Moor

ExecutiveDirector: Darlene Demarcko

Executive Secretary: Sandra Kelley

Address: 3333 West Arthington Ave. Chicago , IL 60624
Phone Number: 773-826-5789

Fax Number: 773- 773-826-5789

  • Email: info@3rdger.org
    Website: www.3rdgear.org
    Type: After-School
    Schedule: Monday thru Friday / 3pm to 7pm
    Ages: 12 to 23
    Capacity: 20 students per class
    Membership/Pricing: Free
    Setting: Homan Square / 3 rd Gear Headquarters Child-focused in all activities
  • Reinforce academic skills through hands on activities
  • Create a supportive environment in which children can develop independence and life-skills
  • Build leadership skills and confidence levels of children in the program
  • Provide activities that complement the school day
  • Reinforce family values and emphasize the uniqueness of each child by providing appropriate
Guidance and promoting positive attitudes
  • Provide an entrepreneurial year round program
Young men/women participate in construction, marketing, and sell of custom belts, provide the skills to recycle jeans and other clothing through re-design Custom jewelry and ultimately sell and distribute their finished products Sewing and design program
  • Activities: Basket Ball, Goju-Kan Karate, Art and Sewing, Piano Lessons, and Driver's EducationArt Tutoring/Mentoring, Music, Drama, Sports, Community Service Projects, Local/Out of Town Travel, Cheerleading, volleyball, wrestling, and inline hockey
    Field Trip Destinations: Third Gear has traveled to 45 cities so far
    Slogan:"If you can believe it, you can achieve it" I Know I Can!



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