Cutting-edge programs that get results for our children.

Through the Special Initiatives program, Bright Promises Foundation supports innovative initiatives that have laid the groundwork to address a critical need for young people in the community and need additional support to bring their vision to life.

Bright Promises sponsors cutting-edge programs, equipping them with the financial tools and start-up support they need to get off the ground and reach their highest potential in the work that they do to serve youth.

Recent Initiatives

150th Anniversary Special Initiative

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

The “Elevating Youth Voices” initiative is a year-long program where Bright Promises Foundation is facilitating youth-led community improvement through a variety of events and programs, including:

  • The Elevating Youth Voices Video Series, spotlighting young people across Chicago who are creating positive community change. 

  • The Elevating Youth Voices Nonprofit Fair, featuring youth representatives from up to 30 Chicagoland nonprofit organizations sharing how they are taking the lead and working to create positive change in their communities.

  • The Elevating Youth Voices Special Grant Program, where Bright Promises awarded $10,000 grants to five organizations to support the work of youth leaders. 

    Grants support programs where youth are responsible for identifying issues and needs in their communities, seeking responses and solutions, and actively working to create positive change
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