The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council was founded in 1939 by Joseph Meegan, Saul Alinsky, supporting clergy, business owners, union officials, and residents, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC), located at 1751 W. 47th Street in Chicago, is among the oldest not-for-profit community organization in the Unitied States, serving a large area of Chicago’s Southwest Side, which includes the communities of Brighton Park, McKinley Park, and New City. As chronicled in Upton Sinclair’s now famous book, The Jungle, the Back of the Yards area suffered from social disorganization, unemployment, poor housing, and juvenile delinquency. The BYNC was created in response to these growing social issues and continues today to organize residents and bring social services and economic resources to the community.
By combining social and economic programs into a single community-based intermediary organization, the BYNC leads a holistic approach to the social problems that have plagued the Back of the Yards neighborhood and surrounding communities.
We have a variety of activities, programs and services that are provided to our constituents. These programs include a Mexican Ballet Folklorico, our CTC, organizing and hosting Regional Consortium meetings for area youth agencies, after school tutoring and arts & crafts, Industrial Retention activities, SSA management, GED classes, a free senior citizen shuttle bus, maintaining a high level of participation with local CAPS program, retail development, affordable housing initiatives, employment placement assistance, and a variety of other services that assist the participants. Please spend some time visiting our website, call us at (773) 523-4416, or stop by our offices to learn more about our history and our programs.