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    Ideas Day empowers students to get creative and take risks

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    Bringing Chicago's Youth to Chicago Ideas Week

    Learn more about CI Youth, a program that brings 500 underrepresented CPS students to Chicago Ideas Week, and engages with students through custom programming all year long.

    Community Impact: Hiring the Formerly Incarcerated

    Several great takeaways and content emerged from our suite events around Reimagining Prison. Chief among them, a thought-provoking conversation on improving diversity in hiring to include the formerly incarcerated.

    6 Chicagoland Companies That Hire the Formerly Incarcerated

    Read about local businesses who are working to improve their communities through commerce.
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    Finding New Beginnings at Cara

    Morning Motivations could become your new daily ritual. Learn about the remarkable work this local organization is doing to rebuild Chicago communities.
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    Flipping the Formula for Hiring the Formerly Incarcerated

    Finding employment for the formerly incarcerated individuals isn't easy, but solutions spring eternal.
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    The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship

    Bluhm / Helfand Social innovation has awarded game-changing entrepreneurs with a monetary award, invaluable connections and a spot on the Chicago Ideas Week stage to share their work and, hopefully, inspire others to take action.

    The Ideas Platform For You

    From our YOU(th) program to our social innovation fellowship, and member events to volunteer opportunities, Chicago Ideas is designed to foster connections that spark action. Learn more about what makes us tick, who informs our programming, and how we're impacting our community.

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