Youth Programs


by Edward Stanford, Community Leader


Info Forward by Alliance of the Southeast Side:
Opportunities for Youth

Giving our youth the tools, experiences, and skills they need to be involved in the community and to also prepare for future job opportunities in the community and at Lakeside Development. 

After School Matters: Claretian Associates & MAPSCorps

Claretian Associates will be hosting MAPSCorps as part of AfterSchool Matters summer programming. MAPSCorps provides high school students and recent graduates the opportunity to engage in community asset mapping and bring visibility to local community organizations and businesses.

MAPSCorps Internships provide meaningful and productive STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) work opportunities for youth. Youth produce real-time, community-level data on built community assets. These data are published online ( and are used by community leaders, residents, healthcare providers, researchers, policymakers, and students for school projects. 

Schedule: 7/6/2015 – 8/13/2015 [M Tu W Th (9:00AM-1:00PM)]
Location: Claretian Associates 9108 S BRANDON Avenue

To apply for summer programs, visit
Apply early as program opportunities fill up quickly. For questions, contact 312-742-4182 or

SkyArt: Summer Youth Employment Opportunities

SkyArt is accepting applications to hire teens and young adults for summer-long work opportunities that challenge them to enhance their art making abilities and help them grow as individuals. SkyArt provides interns with opportunities to act as mentors to younger artists and to gain valuable job skills. 

If you are between 14 and 16 years of age or enrolled in college, click on the application form
For more info, please contact Operations Manager Laura Trejo at:

After School Matters: STEM Mobile Applications
Students learn the fundamentals of Mobile Applications using a graphical click and drag tool. This blocks-based programming tool allows everyone, even novices, to start programming and build fully functional apps for both Android devices and emulators (for those who use non-Android devices).

Schedule: 7/6/2015 – 8/13/2015 [M Tu W Th (9:00AM-1:00PM)]
Location: Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy High School, 250 E 111TH Street
To apply for summer programs, visit
Apply early as program opportunities fill up quickly. For questions, contact 312-742-4182 or

After School Matters: Science, Supper, & Sustainability Incubator 
Visual Art/Sculpture
The Science, Supper, and Sustainability Incubator is a summer program that will teach Apprentice Artists about sustainability, urban gardening, nutrition, as well as create “up-cycled” and DIY art projects. This summer program will explore the visual and culinary arts through drawing, cooking and real life experience of working at the Method Rooftop garden. The Apprentice Artists will take weekly field trips to the Method plant to learn about growing food at the largest rooftop greenhouse garden, wind powered energy, solar panels, and sustainable living; while also learning and make simple meals. They will visit local gardens and farmers markets.

Schedule: 7/6/2015 – 8/13/2015 [M Tu W Th (9:00AM-1:00PM)]
Location: South Shore International College Preparatory HS, 1955 E 75TH Street

To apply for summer programs, visit
Apply early as program opportunities fill up quickly. For questions, contact 312-742-4182 or

Youth Summer Employment: One Summer Chicago

Applications are now available for young adults, between the ages of 14 and 24, who are seeking summer employment. Young people have the opportunity to work in City, County, civic and business communities over the summer. Applicants will be notified the month of June if they have been invited for an interview. All eligible youth who are not offered an initial interview will be placed on a waitlist.

One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based  organizations and companies to offer over 24,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24.

To apply, visit
Deadline: May 15

White House Internship

The White House Internship Program is accepting applications for Fall, 2015. Candidates must be US citizens, at least 18 years old, and either enrolled in college or community college, graduated from a college or graduate degree program no more than two years ago, or be a veteran who served on active duty no more than two years ago. Apply here.
Finance Interns
Tammy Duckworth for Illinois is seeking Finance Interns for the Spring/Summer in her Chicago office. Candidates should be college students or recent graduates who are looking to gain political fundraising experience.A commitment of at least 15 hours per week is required, and candidates with more time available will get preference. Contact Leah Israel with “Internship” in the subject line and a few short lines of why you are interested and your time commitment availability.




South Chicago YMCA

What We Do

The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. 

3039 E. 91st St., Chicago, IL 60617
☎ 773-721-9100



Shining Star Youth & Community Services


9212 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
Phone:     773-734-STAR (7827)
Fax:         773-734-2986
view map and directions

Shining Star Youth & Community Services serves at-risk children and their families in Illinois. We have locations located in South Chicago, Roseland, Chatham/Avalon Park and the East Side community of Chicago. Shining Star Youth & Community Services was created to at-risk youth and their families to have access to life changing opportunities. Some of our services include early childhood education program and family support services.

We exist in order to give attention especially to children whose educational needs are over looked due to problems surrounding their family and community. These problems may be due to the economic stress, neglect, domestic violence, recent divorce, loss in the family and many others.


The mission of ABJ Community Services, Inc. is to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of families, children and senior citizens by offering effective health and human services. ABJ Community Services, Inc. provides the most versatile, professional, and supportive individual and group services possible to each client and the community. Services are offered without consideration to age, race, creed, color or religious affiliation.



JULY – Will mark the start of our Summer Studio Series an all-day program for youth ages 7 and up.  Check our calendar to see the classes that we will have! South Chicago Art Center · 3217 E. 91st St. · Chicago, IL 60617 · USA


Global Girls Inc. was incorporated in 2000 and has established itself as an engaging and often cutting-edge youth performing arts organization on the south side of Chicago. We provide a safe space where girls ages 8-18 learn communication, presentation and performance skills. Over 500 hundred girls participate annually in community and school based arts education initiatives, workshops and conferences.



Rebecca Crown Youth Centercyc logo

7601 S. Phillips;



Photo: New Art Gallery in South Shore



Bessmer Park District “Workout Center”

“Boxing Ring” & Trainer



Dream Big Mentoring, Tutoring, and Outreach
Leroy Palmer CEO/President 773-819-5164
7141 S. Jeffery  After School 4pm to 8pm ages 6yrs to 18yrs


 alliance southeast

Opportunities for Youth:  Alliance of the SouthEast    

Giving our youth the tools, experiences, and skills they need to be involved in the community and to also prepare for future job opportunities in the community and at Lakeside Development. 

Youth Leadership Council 

Join a group of talented, committed, and inspiring youth between the ages of 12 and 17 to participate in the Youth Leadership Council- a program in civic engagement and social justice.

Receive training in leadership, community development, and self-empowerment
Have a voice on issues YOU think are important
Plan an event to take out neighborhood back!
Participate in an independent team that votes on and leads its own projects in the community
Learn about problems in the community and work with other teens to implement solutions
*For more information, contact Amalia NietoGomez at 773-221-8909.



Internet Safety for Young People

by Christina Shaffer, Demand Media

While many young people have access to the Internet at home, some may not be aware of the potential dangers that can occur when accessing inappropriate sites or online chat rooms. According to a 2012 survey conducted by Pew Internet, 72 percent of parents of online teens are concerned about their child’s online interactions with people they don’t know. By taking precautionary measures, such as educating your child on online safety and limiting her Internet access, you can reduce your child’s risk of viewing inappropriate and explicit content or being lured by an online predator.

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