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Open Gym Basketball

8th-12th grades  

Open gym basketball at HPNC is for new as well as skilled players. HPNC staff will facilitate 5-on-5 full court games, open to all genders. 

Open court basketball connects youth throughout the city with the goal of enjoying the game in a fun and safe environment. The free-play atmosphere provides youth agency with their play under the supervision of HPNC staff. 

Winter 2023: Jan 9-March 27

When: Mondays from 4:15-5:45pm 

Who: Open to all youth in grades 6-12 of any gender 

Cost: FREE, registration required

Open gym basketball
Explorers Camp - Teen
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Ages 14-15 

Our Mappers build skills to prepare them not only for college, but their careers! By mapping your community, working with your team, and preparing for our symposium, you'll learn valuable skills in data science, research, and advocacy. All of this is really impressive on resumes, as well.

Each morning, you will meet up with your team to set your goals and assignments. Then, you'll visit your assigned locations and use your provided smartphone to collect data. Together with your team, you'll map community resources and help our neighborhoods! At the end of the summer, your team will present your findings at our annual scientific symposium. 

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Explorers Camp

Rising 6th-8th graders


Explorers Camp is an opportunity for middle school students to learn, grow, and thrive as “explorers” by introducing them to active, fun-facing, and innovative experiences. Focusing on youth voice and choice, campers will have the opportunity to plan their summer activities, working with staff as thought partners to enhance their daily engagement. This year in Explorers Camp, we are cultivating youth leaders by encouraging them to push past the boundaries of current thinking to produce bigger and bolder ideas, while developing the courage and resilience needed to put those ideas into action. 


Unlike our 1st-5th grade Summer Camp, Explorers Camp is offered as one 8-week session.


Questions? Visit Summer Camp FAQ


8:00-9:00am: Early drop off

9:00-3:00pm: Camp session

3:00-4:30pm: Extended care pickup #1

4:30-6:00pm: Extended care pickup #2

No family is turned away due to inability to pay. HPNC welcomes families that receive a childcare subsidy through Illinois Action for Children. ​Additional financial assistance for qualifying families.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities

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