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    Ideas Day inspired by Chicago Ideas

    Interested in bringing Chicago Ideas to your school? Learn more about our new Ideas Day program and how you can get involved.

    About Ideas Day

    Ideas Day is designed to bring action-driven programs to students by putting Chicago Ideas programming in the hands of CIW YOU(th) Ambassadors. By giving students the opportunity to create impactful programs for their peers, we work to hone their leadership, professional and problem-solving skills, while exposing their classmates to transformational ideas around the themes that matter most to them. Each Ideas Day consists of the following:


    Participating students will develop invaluable leadership skills and a sense of achievement from having created an impactful event.


    Hands-on activities to help students feel like they are contributing to a solution for a specific challenge.


    Stage programs bring dynamic speakers to your school, inspiring students through energetic talks and presentations.

    Interested in hosting an Ideas Day at your school? Successful Idea Day Schools should:

    • Have the ability to host an assembly type event in the school or neighboring location with audio and visual support
    • Have a strong Planning Committee team
    • Comply with branding guidelines
    • Follow Ideas Day duration and program structures
    • Capture the event either through video or photos
    • Share the impact of the day with the Chicago Ideas Team

    Think your school would be a great host? Fill out an application! Our 2017-18 school year theme is "Ideas Change the World." We look forward to you being a part of that change.