Elevating Youth Voices: How Would You Use $10,000 to Help Your Community

June 20, 2019

Elevating Youth Voices Video Series

Edition 4 of 5

In honor of our long-standing commitment to promoting bright futures for children and youth in Metropolitan Chicago, Bright Promises Foundation is honoring and elevating the voices of the people who matter most to us – young people themselves.

Youth are not only capable of coming up with innovative ideas, they should be included as a crucial element of advocating for and implementing positive changes in their communities and beyond. To celebrate the power of youth and to amplify their voices, Bright Promises is offering full year of special events and programming, including the Elevating Youth Voices Video Series.

The Elevating Youth Voices Video Series is an ongoing series of youth-created videos that spotlight young people across Chicago who are creating positive community change. In their self-produced videos, youth leaders share how they would use a $10,000 grant from Bright Promises Foundation to address issues like youth homelessness, access to safe transportation,violence reduction and prevention, justice reform, workforce development and access to job opportunities, and more.

Five organizations will be selected to receive a $10,000 Elevating Youth Voices grant, which will be presented at the 150th Anniversary Awards celebration on Tuesday, October 15.

The mission of the Carole Robertson Center for Learning is to enrich, educate, and empower children and families.

Y.O.U. is a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community.

Urban Gateways engages young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change.

At Chicago Youth Centers (CYC), they educate and support children and families so they can succeed in the 21st century. They equalize access to the tools, experiences, and resources needed for youth ages 3-18 to persist academically and develop socially and emotionally.

Gads Hill Center creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources, and community engagement. We work to accomplish our vision – that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential.