Youth Programs & Resources


The Southeast Youth Alliance (SYA) is committed to establishing an inclusive environment for youth to come together & expand perspectives in the community [email protected]



LocationClaretian Associates 9108 S Brandon Avenue
Call (773) 734-9181

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


South Chicago Neighborhood Network (U.N.I.T.Y. Squad – United Network Influence Transformation of Youth) – Claretian Associates

Do you want your youth to participate in a summer program? South Chicago Neighborhood Network is have a 6-week summer program, for youth of ages 14-15! For more information please see flier below




SkyArt  Year Around Programs

3026 E 91st St
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 731-9287

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.
After School Matters: Science, Supper, & Sustainability Incubator 


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



South Chicago YMCA 
YMCA Youth Safety and Violence Prevention

The Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program (YSVP) is a comprehensive, trauma- informed approach to violence prevention that looks at past exposure to trauma as a main driver of future dangerous behaviors. Everything we do is designed to help our region’s most vulnerable young people become leaders in their own communities.

Call (507) 319-0579



8151 S South Chicago Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 902-2359

Youth performing arts organization developing and presenting socially conscious, youth driven theater.
(After School Program & Summer Programs)



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.

1818 E 71st St
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 667-2100


Rebecca Crown Youth Center
CYC – Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center is located in the South Shore Community. We serve children from ages 3-18 years old for full and half day programs.
7601 S Phillips Ave
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 731-0444


1818 E. 71st Street
Chicago, Illinois
B.Fli Productions, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts organization on a mission to increase mental wellness and decrease violence through performing arts

Please View Your Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library for Free Activities and Workshops:


Bessmer Park District “Workout Center”

“Boxing Ring” & Trainer



 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.

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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.


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Future Leaders in Planning

FLIP Summer 2019 Applications are now available!

Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) leadership development program for high school students in Northeastern Illinois. FLIP is a FREE program where teens learn about the issues that shape our region and think of solutions with other students from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. Participants meet and interact with selected regional leaders who make key planning decisions in our communities.

Read a recap of the 2018 FLIP program activities, trips and experiences. Learn more in the behind-the-scenes video below. Share the FLIP program and application with your community, school, or organization through a Partner Toolkit.

Click Link for Application:



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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