Chicago Training Center (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Mrs. Ashley Mayer
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chicago Training Center
  • Address:PO Box 7076
    Chicago, IL 60680
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:9015307616
  • Main fax:8888528930

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  • Mission:
  • The Chicago Training Center (CTC) uses the sport of competitive rowing to empower Chicago’s low-income and minority youth to recognize and achieve their full athletic, academic, and personal potential.

  • Overview:
  • CTC is Chicago’s only free, community-based youth rowing program and the largest fully free program of its kind in the United States. CTC provides teens of all athletic abilities with a safe out-of-school environment as well as vital opportunities to improve fitness; build supportive peer networks; cultivate self-confidence, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork skills; and expand their postsecondary and career horizons. In 2013, CTC received USRowing’s Anita DeFrantz Award, recognizing outstanding leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in rowing. CTC’s work with low-income and minority youth has also drawn attention from local and national media including CBS Evening News, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, WYCC’s In the Loop, and Telemundo.

    Working with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Park District, and After School Matters (a leading nonprofit provider of afterschool programming for Chicago teens), CTC’s Afterschool/Summer Rowing Program has historically enrolled 40–60 boys and girls in grades 7–12 per year and offers year-round indoor/outdoor training and racing, nutrition education, life skills development, college and career awareness, and postsecondary planning. In late 2016/early 2017, CTC is slated to move into the Chicago Park District’s new Eleanor Street Boathouse (currently under construction) on Chicago’s Southwest Side, significantly increasing the Afterschool program’s capacity. In its first year in the new facility, CTC aims to engage 80 teens in the program, raising enrollment by 60%. Ultimately, the new boathouse will enable the Afterschool program to accommodate approximately 100 young people.

    In 2015/16, CTC expanded its programming by launching “Erg Ed,” an enrichment and recruitment initiative designed to introduce younger teens to rowing and broaden participation in CTC’s Afterschool program. A partnership with USRowing, Erg Ed integrates ergometers and rowing curricula into Physical Education programs at under-resourced CPS middle schools serving predominantly low-income children of color. Participating students receive five hours of rowing instruction during regular school time with CTC’s Executive Director and coaches. To help realize CTC’s increased enrollment goals for the Afterschool program, Erg Ed is expanding this year with partial support from The George Pocock Rowing Foundation. CTC is currently working with the CPS Office of Sports Administration to extend the program to additional schools on the city’s West and South sides. To date, six schools (versus two in 2015/16) have committed to hosting Erg Ed during 2016/17, representing the potential to extend the program to up to 600 younger teens in grades 6–8.

    CTC is further enhancing its programing this year by launching a new Alumni Apprentice Program, designed to provide former team members with opportunities to remain engaged in the organization and gain valuable work experience. Under this initiative, alumni Karen Lopez and Richard Martinez have rejoined CTC this year in paid, part-time staff positions, assisting in such areas as assistant coaching, recruitment, social media marketing, and alumni relations. CTC has also received a Coach Across America grant through the Pocock Foundation to partially fund a one-year, paid coaching/mentoring fellowship, which is being filled by another alumnus, Jose Tellez.

  • History:
  • Launched in 2006 with support from the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois, U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis of Illinois, the Chicago Mayor’s Office, and World Sport Chicago, CTC has steadily expanded since its inception and to date has served nearly 300 (unduplicated) diverse young people in grades 6–12. Of the 42 students enrolled in the Afterschool program during 2015/16, 60% were male, 40% female; 53% Latino/a, 7% African American, and 40% White. Approximately 60% qualified as low- or extremely low-income, 20% had at least one parent who did not complete high school, and 66% had two parents without any postsecondary education. In addition, 35% of students resided in households whose primary language was not English.
    CTC’s student-athletes continue to experience success on and off the water. Last year, CTC members competed in 12 regattas, earning 20 medals including nine golds. To date, 100% of teens who participate in CTC throughout their high-school years successfully graduate, despite hailing from schools with graduation rates as low as 65%. Six CTC students have been named World Sport Chicago Scholars, and 95% of seniors enrolled during the past five years immediately transitioned to college. Two were named Posse Scholars, earning full four-year scholarships to Pomona College and Connecticut College, respectively. The remaining 10% either enrolled in one-year postsecondary academic programs at Phillips Exeter Academy (with full scholarships) or went on to vocational/technical school. In a recent survey of CTC alumni, approximately 74% of respondents affirmed their CTC experience helped them in college.

    CTC is especially gratified that many participants seek out colleges that offer rowing at either the varsity or club level so that they may continue their involvement in the sport. Inspired by their time in the program, two CTC graduates recently formed a student rowing club at University of Illinois at Chicago. A former CTC member works for the program as a paid Coaching Assistant, and several alumni return during college breaks to practice with the team, assist with boat maintenance, and share their college insights and experience with current participants. Nearly 68% of the alumni surveyed by CTC in 2016 expressed interest in returning to the organization in some capacity. In response, CTC has launched its new Alumni Apprentice initiative to provide ongoing opportunities for former students to remain engaged, build their resumes, and begin assuming community “ownership” of the organization.

    CTC defrays approximately 31% of program expenses through in-kind support, including pro-bono services from its volunteer coaching staff and subsidized facility usage from the Chicago Park District. CTC meets an additional 25% of its program budget through contract income from After School Matters, raising the balance from public and private contributors including the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. In 2011, the City of Chicago chose CTC to be a major stakeholder in a $16-million civic initiative to develop four new boathouses, including one at CTC’s current on-water site at Bubbly Creek/Eleanor Street. The City officially broke ground for the Eleanor Street boathouse on August 9, 2015, and currently expects to complete construction in late 2016/early 2017.

  • Year established:2006
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:30-5261899

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:305261899
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 7076
  • Organization City:CHICAGO
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60680-7076
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 2006
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:N67
  • Asset Amount:$106,716
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$232,325
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$185,007
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 10:14:06 pm

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