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. In 1994, the CMYC facility was made possible through the charitable contributions of businesses, organizations and community members that partnered with South Bend Heritage.

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.

The Charles Martin Youth Center is not currently available to rent for special events.

Contact & Location

802 Lincolnway West
South Bend, IN 46601
P: 574.280.7092

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.