Young Chicago Leaders

About Us

Gershom Matthews
  • Executive Director 
  • Board Chairman 
  • Fundraiser/Event Coordinator 
  • Social media marketer ​

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Mercides Parker 
  • Assistant Director 
  • Board Member 
  • Dance Instructor 
  • ​Program Coordinator 

Young Chicago Leaders was founded in 2016 by Gershom Matthews and Mercides Parker primarily to help youth get off the streets and have a safe and fun outlet after school and during the summer. YCL is a 501(c)3, tax exempt, non-profit organization that provides educational development, charitable and community outreach to youth through fine arts, recreation, sports and extracurricular programs to create positive outcomes for inner-city youth.


Trevor Watkins  
  • Board Member 
  • Secretary 

EIN: 81-3798351