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Communities Creating Change (CCC) is non for profit organization created to promote the socio-emotional well-being and educational capacity of youth and their families via an innovative liberal arts initiative.


CCC helps to build caring, responsible, and active citizens with the knowledge, self-esteem, leadership capacity, and skills necessary to engage in collective community improvement.

CCC provides a safe haven for youth and families to create community change through educational arts, innovative STEAM programs, and holistic/spiritual sciences.  

The Origins of CCC

In 2005 a creative writing teacher, a drama teacher, and a community psychologist met to discuss the needs of Cook County’s youth. They saw the need for the history of indigenous people to be taught. The result of this conversation was TAIC – Teens Acting In Community – a non-profit organization that facilitated after-school and summer programming for middle and high school youth. In 2009, with a move to Riverdale and a growth in programming, the organization was renamed Communities Creating Change.


CCC is usually housed at the New Riverdale Park, Ivanhoe Fieldhouse, 14401 S. Stewart Ave, Riverdale IL. The New Riverdale Park District “supports the positive development of the community by building opportunities, providing programs, and furnishing resource referrals and information to residents.”

Currently, CCC has gone global and has moved our programs online. Please experience our live virtual classroom for a chance to interact with other students and learn from experienced instructors. 


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In The



Stay tuned for the return of our new and improved World Adventurers Virtual Steam Team

September 18, 2019

2019 -2020

Programs coming to Riverdale Park soon. Be sure to sign up.

September 12, 2019

Virtual Reailty Coming

New Equipment has come in for the 2019 - 2020 program. The Kids dont want to miss this
July 12, 2019

Child Safety


Our vision is making sure children and young people are safe, grounded and balanced. We value family and community connection; participation; partnership; cultural integrity; strengths and solutions; fairness; and curiosity and learning.


We know that caring for children and young people; helping them to be the best that they can be and being able to reach their full potential is key.


We could not do this work without the generous support of many individuals and organizations including:

And we are proud to have worked with many excellent partners over the years, including:

  • Whittier Elementary School, Chicago

  • The Riverdale Community Resource Center

  • Friends of the Chicago River

Also a special thanks to our past and current Funders/Donors:

  • ArcelorMittal

  • Fire This Time Fund

  • CPS Educational Grant

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