Our Mission

Our mission is to empower youth by developing their talents so that they may realize their dreams through Arts, Dance, and Music as well as the Core Educational Tutoring


It is our goal to within a three to five-year period bring more quality content to the communities surrounding the W. Garfield Park and Austin areas and as time goes on have the communities become interactively involved in the events and planning in addition to being in the shows. It is further our goal to organize development and fundraising efforts and timelines by developing a fundraising plan to increase revenue to be used for our youth and programs by ensuring that we can provide mentoring and health aspects to our program to better give the youth the tools they need to help themselves. We also plan to introduce youth modeling and clothing design for showcasing within a five-year plan and we would like to incorporate designs from many cultures to bring the communities close to other cultures as this is the bridge to understanding each other and learning about one another and how we all think and perform our daily routines in life. The goal is to see that at the end of the day we are all basically the same. In addition, they will develop a sense of entrepreneurship.  


  • National research-based inclusive fitness program
  • Proven to help fight and reduce childhood obesity

                               Makes Exercise Fun

Established in 2003, Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center currently provides after school services for over 120 youth in Chicago. Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center offers academic and recreational programs for youth after school.  In addition, Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center offers special programs for early-release days as well as programs for the summer.

Providing our programs in a safe and engaging environment is Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center’s highest priority. We work in partnership with each community, school, and family to design the program that meets their specific needs. We draw upon the most effective academic enrichment, physical fitness, nutritional and life skill programs to challenge the youth and make learning fun. We provide a healthy snack. And, we employ an experienced leadership team of personnel to supervise each program.

Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center is awarded CPS grant funding each year, enabling us to provide some funded services to the served communities youth.

 After School Program Descriptions

 Homework Help, Academic Enrichment, Recreation, Physical Fitness and Life Skills

Our story began with a simple desire: to make the right choices for our families through what we learned from prior experiences. We were parents in search of safe options, but unsure of where to turn. We both enjoyed bring quality performing arts to youth and when we thought of the many ways to save our youth in the communities, Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center was born as a result of two people meeting and coming together and meshing ideas. Today we are growing and looking to expand our performing arts programs and services to reach even  more youth and adults for years to come..


  • Musicians, Theater Performances, Dancing and More
  • Community and Youth Talent shows
  • Field Trips during the Summer months


  • We provide the time, the place, and the assistance to ensure your child completes their homework completely and correctly.
  • Specially Designed Homework Logs and forms help to track your child’s homework progress.
  • We provide these services in the Winter and Fall from 2 pm to 6 pm and the Summer from 10 AM - 6 PM


  • Reading
  • Math, Science, and Technology


  • Anti-bullying programs
  • Resume and Job Readiness (Interviewing and Application training for our Teen Participants)
  • Mentoring (Male and Female) (Personal and Professional)
  • Family Unity and Community Civics



230 N Kolma Chicago IL 60624 US