Charles Martin Youth/Community Center

Space for everyone.

Charles Martin Youth Center (CMYC) is dedicated to youth and community advocate, Mr. Charles Martin. Mr. Martin was director of Urban Youth Services at South Bend’s YMCA starting in 1970. He recognized the connection between education and a better life and strived to reach out to children and teach them the importance of academic schooling. 

Mr. Martin taught at Washington and Clay High Schools before embarking on his true “ministry”, preparing inner city youth for a productive life. Charles Martin passed away on June 2, 1994, but his legacy lives on in the lives he touched.

The Center is home to the Augustus F. Hawkins Literacy Center, South Bend Friends Meeting, 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend, and the SB Group Violence Initiative. Centrally located near downtown, the CMYC is a popular meeting and event space for social, business, and governmental gatherings.

Groups interested in booking events at the center should call 574.280.7092.

Contact & Location

802 Lincolnway West
South Bend, IN 46601
P: 574.280.7092

25th Anniversary Celebration - CMYC

Friends of CMYC will host a Community recognition luncheon the week of Charles E. Martin’s birthday, Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the South Bend Century Center. “The Dream Continues-Touch A Life Every Day” Luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. and will include guest speakers, including former Charles E. Martin Scholars.
Tickets are available for $40. Tables seat 8 for $320. All money raised will go directly back into the Charles Martin Youth Center for youth programming and community initiatives. Your financial contribution is essential to keeping the legacy and work of Charles Martin alive for generations to come.
To purchase tickets via check or cash or to make a donation or sponsor the event, please download the ticket reservation form and send contribution and from to:
Charles Martin Youth Center Fundraiser
C/O Elizabeth Leachman
803 Lincolnway West
South Bend, IN 46616
 You may also purchase tickets online by clicking the button below.

August F. Hawkins Youth Literacy Center

SBH’s Augustus F. Hawkins Literacy Program helps over 25 students on an annual basis by providing after-school literacy activities for students struggling with reading at grade level. The Literacy Program provides individualized homework help with reading related subjects, including vocabulary and spelling, and utilizes reading software and work modules that bolster in-class reading activities.