The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship

Since 2011, the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship has supported the work of 40 innovators – representing the United States as well as 18 other countries on five continents – who address pressing global issues. These issues have ranged from healthcare delivery to college persistence and sustainable construction in developing nations. Since its inception, the BHSI Fellowship has created meaningful, customized experiences for Fellows with connections to influential businesses and civic leaders, exposure to broad audience as a speaker at Chicago Ideas and over $3 million in financial support and in-kind contributions.

After the Idea: A Podcast by Chicago Ideas

In the first three episodes of our new podcast, we sit down with Chicago solution-makers from Edovo, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, and Academy for Global Citizenship to learn more about their impact in the city and beyond.

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Speaker Connects

These events directly connect the youth with Chicago Ideas Week speakers, providing students with opportunities for deeper engagement, knowledge and interaction.

Youth Ambassador Program

The Chicago Ideas Youth Ambassador program provides 35 high school students from underrepresented communities in Chicago direct access to Chicago Ideas Week programming, a year-long event schedule of behind the-scenes access to companies and organizations, and a direct pipeline to our globally recognized speakers for more intimate small group interactions.

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