#CivicSummer

#CivicSummer 2014 Badge#CivicSummer was an experimental summer jobs program for teens focused on civics, media, and technology. The program ran during the summers of 2013 and 2014. We worked with hundreds of Chicago teens  to use the latest digital tools to organize themselves, amplify their voice, and take positive civic action. At Smart Chicago, this work has been integrated into Youth-Led Tech.

The program has evolved and we've picked up new partners and funders through time. #CivicSummer has been supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which funded the entire first year, and Hive Chicago and its member organizations with whom we work.

Recent Posts

Youth-Led Tech 2016 Innovations

Youth-Led Tech 2016 is in the books, however the work that was done in partnership with the Cook County Juvenile ...

Teamwork, Makes the Dream Work!

Smart Chicago Thanks the Youth-Led Tech Instructors Successful implementation of any program or project takes a huge amount of effort, ...

Youth-Led Tech Career Days 2016

This year the Youth-Led Tech program developed targeted Career Days and a Career Development Day. These two programs were designed ...

Youth-Led Tech Locations

Youth-led Tech Summer 2016 is a technology mentoring program for youth ages 13-18 in three Chicago neighborhoods: Austin, North Lawndale, ...

Robert Friedman, Kyla Williams and the Hive Network at the Next OpenGov Hack Night!

At this week's Chicago OpenGov Hack Night, Robert Friedman and Kyla Williams spoke about the Hive Learning Network and the ...

2014 Year in Review

Here's a month-by-month look at some of the things we've done this year ...
#CivicSummer 2014 Badge

Focus on ecosystem: #CivicSummer

This article focuses on the long planning and deep youth-led tech work that preceded the creation of Expunge.io ...
Expunge.io

Smart Chicago, Expunge.io, and Ecosystem

This is one in a series of posts that help us at Smart Chicago to develop a cohesive product strategy ...

Recent News

Youth-Led Tech Career Days 2016

This year the Youth-Led Tech program developed targeted Career Days and a Career Development Day. These two programs were designed ...

Robert Friedman, Kyla Williams and the Hive Network at the Next OpenGov Hack Night!

At this week's Chicago OpenGov Hack Night, Robert Friedman and Kyla Williams spoke about the Hive Learning Network and the ...
#CivicSummer 2014 Badge

Focus on ecosystem: #CivicSummer

This article focuses on the long planning and deep youth-led tech work that preceded the creation of Expunge.io ...

Recap of #CivicSummer on Chicago Tonight

This evening Jacqui Cheng and I, along with a youth Kumari Mason from Free Spirit Media and Mickey Sharp from ...

Mikva Challenge Youth using data to talk about health disparities in Chicago’s neighborhoods

This summer, Mikva Challenge and Smart Chicago Collaborative worked with a group of 140 kids and trained them to use ...

Team

Daniel X. O'Neil has managed the #CivicSummer program since its inception, and has helped lead every classroom session. This is a wide-ranging project based in Chicago, a city with enormous attention around summer youth programs. Here's a look at those who have helped in the program through time:

Smart Chicago Consultant Christopher Whitaker

Christopher Whitaker

Whitaker has served as Smart Chicago's primary research, writer, and event coordinator since December 2012. He has helped to contribute ...

Jacqui Cheng

Jacqui Cheng created and delivered training for our first #CivicSummer from April to August 2013. You can get a sense ...
Smart Chicago Consultant Josh Kalov of Kalov Strategies

Josh Kalov

Josh Kalov of Kalov Strategies leads our Cook County Open Data project. Josh also advises Smart Chicago and several of ...

Lisa Schneider Fabes

Lisa Schneider Fabes consulted with us as we were forming our #CivicSummer program in December 2012 ...

Marlene Ho

Marlene Ho managed the inaugural Illinois OpenTech Challenge and our first #CivicSummer program. She also helped set up the CivicWorks ...

Mohammad Ouyoun

Mohammad Ouyoun started as a Smart Chicago intern in July 2014. We first met Mohammad while he was a student ...

Sonja Marziano, Project Coordinator

Marziano manages a number of projects, including the Civic User Testing Group, Expunge.io, Early Childhood Web Portal, and other projects ...

Partners

Adler Planetarium

The mission of the Adler Planetarium is to inspire exploration and understanding of our Universe. We work with Adler Planetarium ...

Free Spirit Media

Free Spirit Media provides education, access, and opportunity in media production to over 500 underserved urban youth every year. Smart ...

Mikva Challenge

Mikva Challenge was founded on the premise that youth voice and participation matter, and that our civic and political life ...

Media

Please contact us with any questions.

You can follow our work on @smartchicago@fsmtweets, and @MikvaChallenge @adlerhacks tweeting about  tweeting about #civicsummer, #realchiyouth, #mikvasquadwegohard #Adlerteens & all things civic, media, and technology in Chicago. See tweets from @MCEdCouncil@MCJJustice@healthsavants as well.

Here's the Smart Chicago Collaborative logo in eps format, the #CivicSummer logo in psd format and the #CivicSummer logo in png format. Here's the #CivicSummer badge that we used in the context of the Chicago Summer of Learning.

We publish lots of photos coming out of our program, and they are all free to use with attribution under a Creative Commons license. Here's a few hundred photos

On Chicago Tonight

#CivicSummer Portraits 2013

#CivicSummer 2014