The Chicago Gifted Community Center is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization created by parents of gifted children living throughout the Chicago area. We found that while a patchwork of meetup groups, school related organizations and parent groups existed, there was no unifying organization whose sole purpose was to serve directly the needs of local gifted families and to link them all together in a community.
We understand from firsthand experience how hard it can be for gifted kids to find a place where they feel they fit; a place where they can be their true authentic selves; where they can be welcomed, accepted and valued for who they really are. It is imperative for children to grow up with a sense of belonging, and gifted kids often have difficulty finding that in their daily lives.
With cuts in gifted funding for State of Illinois schools, and shrinking public resources for serving the gifted population, we felt the need to do something was urgent. We created this organization to fill this community need. We strive to be the organization that pulls together the people, ideas and resources to maximize the opportunities and connections available to gifted children and their families in the Chicago area.
CGCC exists solely for the benefit of gifted children and their families. Such families are encouraged to become members of CGCC. Professionals and niche organizations who serve the unique gifted community are encouraged to become members as well. Professional members might include schools, mentors, counselors and similar service providers who are committed to advancing the mission of CGCC to support families of gifted children and to create a cohesive community.
CGCC is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender in admission to or participation in its programs, services and activities.
The mission of the Chicago Gifted Community Center is to facilitate educational and emotional support for gifted children and their families.
Our newsletter, The Spark, offers articles from professionals who work with gifted children, details on our events, and more!
The Chicago Gifted Community Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.