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    Connecting, inspiring and empowering Chicago's future leaders


    YOU(th) is a unique program that provides 500 high school students from underrepresented communities in Chicago direct access to Chicago Ideas Week programming, the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of companies and organizations, and a direct pipeline to our globally recognized speakers for more intimate small group interactions.

    The goal of the CIW YOU(th) program is to empower students to seek new opportunities, pursue their passions and walk away with a newly inspired outlook and sense of their own potential.

    Ideas Day gives students the power to create change in their schools

    This year marks the inaugural Ideas Day, a new CIW YOU(th) initiative which brings Chicago Ideas-style events into schools throughout Chicago

    More Than Just Events

    Members are invited to participate in our YOU(th) mentoring events. Membership does more than support our mission, it allows you to inspire change in your community.
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    CIW YOU(th) Professional Development Event at Edelman Chicago

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    CIW YOU(th) Partners

    CIW YOU(th) would not be possible without our Sponsors, Partner Organizations and generous Lab Hosts.

    YOU(th) Lab Hosts

    Thank you to all of our Lab hosts for providing our students incredible behind the scenes access:

    • Behind-the-Careers at the Shedd Aquarium
    • An "Inside" Look at Lurie Children's Medical Imaging
    • Flying Through O'Hare
    • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA): Behind the L
    • Government at Work: Who Builds the City?
    • The YOU Show with Comedy Sportz
    • Perfecting Instagram with Devour City
    • Discovering your Future with Google
    • Visual Note-Takiing with Ink Factory
    • Designing the City with PORT Urbanism
    • How Music gets Produced with Pressure Point Recording
    • Real-World Engineering: From Inspiration to Innovation
    • Learning to Cook with The Chopping Block
    • Becoming an Architect with Illinois Institute of Technology
    • Train Like Jordan; Design Like Nike
    • Designing your Style: From Idea to Final Product
    • You be the Jury with Bartlit Beck

    Sponsor Support

    The CIW YOU(th) program is proudly supported by the following companies and organizations who share our commitment to supporting youth in Chicago:

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