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.
The pulse is energetic. You feel it in the air because you know once you walk out on stage all eyes are on you. It feels good to know you’re inspiring others.
The Ambassador program has given me a new perspective on my surroundings and showed me how I can impact my community. I also had the chance to meet some pretty interesting people.”
The Ambassador program has meant so much to me! When I first joined the program, I was very shy and didn’t like meeting new people. I am more comfortable meeting new people and going outside my comfort zone.
Seeing Lynsey Addario and the photographs she has taken around the world was inspirational. I learned about a career I hadn't previously known about
Thank you to all of our Lab hosts for providing our students incredible behind the scenes access: