Civic Engagement Summer Opportunities!

posted Jun 22, 2017, 8:50 AM by L Williams

Happy Summer!

Do you have some free time? Are you looking for meaningful opportunities to be involved in the city?  Are you interested in developing new interests, abilities, and friendships? This is just the time to get started!

Here are a few suggestions.  More resources are on the Civic Engagement website.  Please contact us if you would like more information or support for your civic engagement this summer.


Most of our partner organizations are running summer programs and they welcome volunteers!  Please let one of us know if you’d like help making contact.

For a much more extensive, searchable volunteering database, Chicago Cares is super helpful. Check it out!


Over the summer we continue to keep the public events calendar running.  We are highlighting below a few events you may want to participate in.

Standing Against Violence: Chicago Vigil #JusticeForNabra

Thu, June 22, 6pm – 8pm

Federal Center and Plaza, 219 S Dearborn St

Opening Reception: Bold Disobedience

Fri, June 23, 5pm – 8pm (exhibit will run through Sept. 2)

Weinberg/Newton Gallery 300 West Superior, Suite 203

Bold Disobedience is a group exhibition presented in collaboration with Mikva Challenge. Selected by a council of twelve student curators, this collection of works demonstrates myriad social issues that matter to youths today. The exhibition comprises works by local professional artists as well as student artists from the The Chicago High School for the Arts. These artworks grapple with the issues that our team of student curators have deemed most critical in our conflicted contemporary culture, promoting racial justice, economic equity, and queer rights. The student curators have directed every aspect of this exhibition, from research to conceptualization to installation. As the exhibition title that the students

chose, Bold Disobedience, wryly hints at – to obey today is to do nothing, to comply, to float along on the current of the status quo, to let digitally delivered distractions wash over us until we can no longer discern the motivating machinations behind them. Instead, Bold Disobedience is a call to participate in civic action, to identify and speak out against injustices, and to disrupt the systems that so deeply impact lived experiences. Within such a beautiful sense of efficacy amongst young people lies the promise of a more sustainable future. More details about the exhibition and related programming:

 Parker contingent in Gay Pride Parade: register here!


Young Chicago Authors Write to the City Program

Or Tzedek Teen Social Justice Summer Program

Finally, Chicago continues to celebrate the 100th birthday celebration of great Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks.  If you’re interested in contributing a poem in honor of her, go to this site.  Send it by tomorrow and you may win a prize also!

Have a wonderful Summer!