CCA Academy-A Youth Connection Charter School

CCA Academy is a small, private, non-denominational high school located in Chicago’s North Lawndale Community. CCA Academy provides non-traditional students, ages 16-21, who have completed eighth grade with a second chance to earn a high-school diploma through educational programs and supportive services.
CCA Academy was founded by Dr. Myra Sampson, who continues serving today as Principal and Chief Educational Officer.
St. Mary’s has helped support the students and staff of CCA in many different ways over the years. Parishioners ave volunteered their time to help with the urban gardens, paint classrooms, supply books, school supplies and resource materials for teachers, work in classrooms, donate equipment for classrooms, and tutoring students on a weekly basis.
St Mary’s also attends graduation every year as well as attending the annual benefit each year.
Students and staff are also invited to events at St. Mary’s as well.
To learn more about CCA Academy, visit
To connect with someone at St. Mary’s about participating in this ministry, please be in touch with Paula Risk at or  Dava Kondiles at