Summer Opportunities


Accepting Applications! 
Now through May 15th, 2017

Applicants will be notified during the months of
May and June if they have been invited for an interview.

All eligible youth who are not offered an initial interview will be placed on a waitlist. We encourage youth to boost their career readiness skills by exploring activities on LRNG:Chi.


Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange ProgramApplication Deadline Extended March 15, 2017

The U.S.-Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) is a four-week program that runs from July through August that offers an opportunity to youth in the United States to develop leadership skills, build new understandings of civic engagement and diversity, and cultivate new friendships across the world. This fully-funded, U.S.-based program offers a unique cultural exchange opportunity for U.S. students to participate in a leadership program alongside youth and adults from Iraq.
Applications are now open for Chicago-area students! Visit the IYLEP site to learn more and apply by March 15, 2017.


Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit - Application Deadline April 2, 2017

A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit is an educational forum in Chicago to help grow a new generation of global leaders. Participants from Chicago and its 28 international sister cities are empowered through workshops, discussions and presentations on advocacy, activism and leadership. The Summit encourages young women to become active leaders in their communities and develop solutions to the challenges girls face around the world.

The Summit consists of a one-week (July 22-29summer intensive program for teenage girls, ages 14-16. It is an opportunity for the girls to meet their peers from around the world; share issues that are of concern to them; participate in workshops; and meet with distinguished women in leadership positions. The participants are made aware of the experiences of peers who come from different backgrounds and are positioned to serve as advocates for each other in the future.

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Program Overview

From free speech to privacy and from mass incarceration to voting rights, students will become experts on the issues currently being confronted in the United States’ courts and political arena.

The ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of students entering their junior and senior years of high school from across the United States to participate in an advanced, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive 8-day program, students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society. The Close Up Foundation — a DC-based civic-education nonprofit — will serve as a partner with the ACLU to provide substantive experiential learning opportunities that help students hone their skills as issue-focused campaigners.

In classroom sessions, lectures, and daily debates, students will explore the complex nature of defending and advancing civil liberties as well as examine the importance of these freedoms in our current society. Students will be immersed in the real world of political and legal decision making in Washington, D.C., meeting with elected officials and community organizers as well as participating in workshops with civil rights pioneers and other current youth activists.

Desi Youth Rising

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2017 summer leadership retreat! This year's retreat will be held on August 11-13, 2017 at the University of Chicago.  During the 3-day retreat, youth will engage in experiential and interactive workshops that aim to:

  • Connect their personal identities as South Asian youth to social movements
  • Highlight how systems of oppression shape our world and individual experiences
  • Foster a sense of belonging and solidarity across intersectional identities
  • Provide mentorship
  • Build the technical knowledge and skills needed to create social change, such as critical thinking, communication, leadership, advocacy, and community organizing
  • Set them up for action

Applications are due on Monday, March 13, 2017


Join JCUA for Or Tzedek Summer 2017.

Click here for Or Tzedek Program Information.

This summer there are TWO options for teens:

Wed. July 26 – Sunday August 6, 2017
Early Bird Registration: $1350
Full Price Registration: $1600
A $200 deposit is due when you sign up.

This summer, JCUA is excited to announce we are partnering
with URJ’s Urban Mitzvah Corps for:

Sunday, June 25 – Thursday, July 6
For more information or to register for this session, please visit Mitzvah Corps Chicago

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Chicago Freedom School:
CFS in Action
Project HealUs Applications Now Available!  

Youth ages 14-21: Join the movement for women and femme liberation with Project HealUs 

Come HEAL, ORGANIZE and FIGHT with Project HealUS!

Applications due March 24th

Project HealUs activates and prepares fifteen young people of color ages 14-21 to explore, engage, and expand the work of the reproductive justice movement within our communities. Project HealUs participants build leadership through political education, skill development, and youth-led action through a 10-week curriculum focused on the history of the reproductive just movement, misogyny, reproductive planning, rape culture awareness, compassionate countering strategies and community organizing.

Programs runs April 6 through June 8, 2017.

Stipend, transportation and food provided.

For more information contact Tony, Youth Programs Director

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