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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 of the YOU(th) program are mentored and celebrated. We recently gathered at Nike Chicago to recognize our 2017 YOU(th) Ambassadors.
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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:

    • A Day in the Cook County Government
    • Cooking with Lifeway Kefir at The Chopping Block
    • Designing your Career with IIT Architecture Chicago
    • Emergency Games with CTA
    • Engage in Commuity Centered Design with CannonDesign and Civic Consulting Alliance
    • Flying Through O'Hare
    • Food as Medicine with North Lawndale Youth Farm
    • Inspiration, Imagination, Innovation: Real World Enginnering for Tomorrow's Innovators
    • Learn How to Develop Video Games with Iron Galaxy Studios
    • Managing Your Future: Building Innovative Solutions
    • Mobile Photography with Elise Swopes
    • Record a Track with the Chicago Recording Company
    • School of Rock's Instant Rock Lab
    • See Google as a Playground
    • The YOU Show with Comedy Sportz
    • Visual Note-Taking with Ink Factory
    • Wellness 101

    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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