High School Students — Join the Generation All Youth Council!

Youth Council 2017
Student Fact Sheet


Thank you for your interest in participating in the Generation Youth Council.  We can’t do the work of revitalizing neighborhood public high schools without your input and expertise.


Generation All was founded in 2013 by Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Teachers’ Union, and The Chicago Community Trust with a generous grant from the Ford Foundation. Our mission is to unite Chicagoans to revitalize the system of neighborhood public high schools so that all students have access to a top-quality education in and outside of the classroom.

In April of 2016, we released our action plan, Stronger Neighborhood High Schools for a Stronger Chicago, and we are now working on making that plan a reality. In the past we had four CPS high school students on the steering committee, and last year 3 of those students created a youth strategy to get youth more involved in Generation All. One of the proposals in the strategy was to create a youth council.

The Generation All Youth Council will start January 18th, 2017. We will meet at the Generation All office, 225 N. Michigan Ave.

If you are selected to become a part of the youth council, you will be asked to participate in the following activities:

 Attend meetings five times a month on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & some Fridays from 5pm to 7pm every other week.
 Visit fellow council members’ high schools
 Network with and support other organizations’ events and movements
 Reflect on your own HS experiences and encourage 7th and 8th graders to attend their neighborhood high schools
 Work to change the perception about neighborhood high schools and their communities through social media, local newspapers, and school websites

What’s in it for you?

  • You will be able to meet and develop relationships with influential professionals from all over Chicago. See who’s on our steering committee here.
  • You will be able to influence the work of revitalizing our neighborhood public high schools and connect the work you might already be doing at your own school to a city-wide effort.
  • You will be able to hone your public speaking, community organizing, and networking skills.
  • You will become more familiar with non-profit and philanthropic organizations in Chicago and learn how they operate.
  • You may be asked to appear on a panel or be interviewed by the media on behalf of Generation All.
  • You will be able to include your work with Generation All on your resume and perhaps write about it on your personal statement for college.
  • Youth council members, who attend at least 75% of the meetings between January & June, 2017 will receive a $600 stipend.

We hope you will consider applying to be a Generation All Youth Council member.
You can find the Google form application here or email Chris below for a paper application.

Applications must be submitted online or by email to cthomas@cct.org by Monday, January 17th, 2016, 5pm.


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