Young Chicago Authors
Young Chicago Authors encourages self-expression and literacy through creative writing, performance and publication. YCA provides student-centered, artist-led workshops free to youth ages 13-19 in schools and communities. Our process emphasizes artistic development, mentorship, and creating safe spaces where a young person’s life matters. We believe that through their words, young people can promote tolerance and remove barriers to transform their lives and society.
Women Employed’s mission is to improve women’s economic status and remove barriers to economic equity. We promote fair workplaces, increase access to education, and provide women with tools and information to move into better-paying careers.
West Town Bikes
The over-arching goals of West Town Bikes are to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago’s growing bicycling community. While maintaining headquarters and a workspace in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, WTB is a city-wide service provider for youth programs in the city of Chicago.
Near NorthWest Arts Council
NNWAC was founded by artists, teachers, and social activists. The purpose continues to resonate after more than two decades: to share the power of creativity, building a network of resources that supports a vibrant arts environment, in a neighborhood context. Why do we need culture? And what does culture do for community? It adds value, attracts investment, engages students more deeply, builds and sustains social groups. All human intelligence including scientific and political knowledge is derived from artistic creativity. Everyone needs to be creative.
Embarc’s goal is to drive student success with long-term social and cultural exposure. Through the transformative power of these journeys, we awaken students to the possibilities of their potential by dissolving the borders of the city and in their minds. We do this through a three-year, three-level approach to journeying with the integration of our own curriculum.
ElevArte Community Studio
ElevArte Community Studio is a social impact organization that uses the arts as a portal for Creative Youth Development. A dedicated cadre of teaching artists and youth inspire and support each other as art makers and active citizens.
We’re seeding the next generation of social entrepreneurs by accelerating their ideas.
CoderDojoChi is a free computer club for kids interested in learning how to code. We are here to open doors that are otherwise closed. We are here to freely offer our knowledge. We speak the language of the future. A language that does not discriminate by race, religion, nationality, or gender.
Founded in 2015, City Bureau is a civic journalism lab based on the South Side of Chicago. We bring journalists and community members together in collaborative environments to promote responsible media coverage, increase civic engagement and hold powerful forces to account. Our three programs are the Public Newsroom, Documenters and Reporting Fellowship.