#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.
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:
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.