First Step Youth Foundation
annual Black Tie Gala & Awards Ceremony

Friday, August 4, 2017 was an evening honoring the young men and women who have made tremendous strides in the program. We awarded our new generation with the accomplishments they have amassed during the 2016-17 season. 

South Shore Cultural Center
7059 South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649

2017 year's theme, "Making Progress", was a reminder of what we once were and the progress that we've made in the two years of our reemergence. First Step Youth Foundation believes individual effort toward group success is the highest level of overall achievement and it is for what you do for others that is most truly honored. 

This unique gala experience included Red Carpet Arrivals, Classic Cuisine and Ceremonial Awards Program. The Gala will be hosted by Derrick Young of CBS Chicago Channel 2 News. Chicago legend and NBA two-time champion Mark Aguire served as our keynote speaker.


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Derrick Young

CBS Chicago Channel 2 News


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Mark Aguirre

Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys", Two-Time NBA Champion

Keynote Speaker