Elevating Youth Voices

150th Anniversary Special Initiative

Elevating Youth Voices

In 2019, Bright Promises Foundation is celebrating our 150th anniversary by amplifying the voices of the people who matter most to us – young people themselves.

In addition to our regular programs, we are launching a year-long special initiative called Elevating Youth Voices. The goal of this initiative is to provide a platform to amplify the voices of youth leaders in Metropolitan Chicago and to invest in the continued development of young people who are working actively to improve their communities.

Elevating Youth Voices Fair
Saturday, June 1 from 12p-3p
Family-friendly | Free | Open to the public
Conaway Center Columbia College
1104 S Wabash, 1st Floor
Chicago, IL

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100% of your donation goes directly to support youth leaders through the Elevating Youth Voices initiative.

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Next Event: Elevating Youth Voices Fair

Saturday, June 1st; 12:00p-3:00p

Doug Mabie, 2018 Champion for Children Award

Elevating Youth Voices Fair
Saturday, June 1 from 12p-3p
Columbia College Conaway Center - 1104 S Wabash, 1st Floor Family-friendly | Free and open to the public

Featuring over 100 youth leaders, 25 local nonprofits, youth performances, speeches, music, art, food, and more!

Hear directly from local youth about how they are leading the way to make their communities strong and safe, and learn how you can get involved. Using interactive displays and performances, uouth-led organizations from across Metropolitan Chicago will share how they are taking on issues like gun violence, justice reform, and youth mental health.

Youth Leaders will represent the following organizations:
33rd Ward Youth Council
A Long Walk Home
After School Matters
Alliance of the SouthEast
Arab American Action Network
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Chicago Freedom School
Chicago Youth Centers
Communities United/ Voices of Youth in Chicago Education
Free Write Arts & Literacy
Gads Hill Center
Gary Comer Youth Center
Kuumba Lynx
Latinos Progresando
Mikva Challenge
National Museum of Mexican Art
North Lawndale College Prep High School
Northwest Side Housing Center
Storycatchers Theatre
Teen Living Programs
The ARK of St. Sabina
True Star Media
Urban Gateways
Youth Opportunity United



(In formation, as of May 2019)


Azteca Foods Inc.

Bruce and Diana Rauner

Janet and Rodger Owen Trust



Gaylord and William Gieseke


Jay and Bari Rosenbloom

Marilyn Eisenberg

Hyman and Susan Feldman Family Foundation


Sarah Stec


If you are interested in sponsoring the 150th Anniversary please contact Katherine Dreher Korey at katherine.dreher@brightpromises.org or at 312-704-8260.

Download the Elevating Youth Voices Event Sponsor Information Packet

150th Anniversary Committee

150th Anniversary Committee Chair
Nancy Snyder

150th Anniversary Committee
Paul Bodine
Peggy Bodine
Toni Capella
Amanda Cooper
Marilyn Eisenberg
Amanda Farag
Caroline Gibbons
Venu Gupta
Kathleen Hefley
Katie Lissy
Taylor Parks
Allison Youngblood

Contact us

For more information, please contact Katherine Dreher at katherine.dreher@brightpromises.org or 312-704-8260.