By combining the highest quality schools, youth enrichment and community development,
Comer Education Campus is redefining possible.

We are empowering youth with the tools they need to succeed and the belief they can reach their full potential.


A comprehensive approach to foster growth and achievement


Dedicated guidance for young people to succeed in college and their careers


Opportunities for young people to pursue their passions


A dedicated support network of adult role models and professional partners

Our campus is comprised of the Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, Gary Comer Middle School, and the college success initiative UtmostU. The range of academic, emotional and social support offered during the school day and outside of school provides students with the tools to succeed in college and careers. The campus is open to students from across the South Side of Chicago.

We are dedicated to building a community of successful future college graduates.

Success Story: Breanna Brown, an exceptional young woman

Breana grew up a few blocks from the Comer Education Campus. Raised by her grandmother, in a home that housed many other relatives, Breana’s childhood was not easy. Yet, as a member of Gary Comer College Prep’s founding class, Breana took full advantage of the opportunities provided on the Comer Education Campus. Breana was motivated to achieve academically and became involved in a number of after-school activities at the Youth Center, including Green Teens, an urban gardening program, and Free Sprit Media, a digital news team. Breana graduated from Gary Comer College Prep in the inaugural class of 2012. She went on to become the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her bachelor’s degree in English Studies from Illinois State University in 2017. The leadership skills she developed at GCYC and as an UtmostU peer mentor for ISU freshmen have positioned her for a fulfilling career. Breana is currently an Admissions Counselor at Lincoln College. Read more about Breana.

Breanna Brown

Redefining Possible

A unique environment and holistic approach to support young people across the South Side of Chicago