Mayor’s Youth Commission
The Mayoral Youth Commission works to bring youth voice to the Mayor and other city officials on key issues that affect young people in Chicago.
The Youth Commission is a group of 25 youth leaders from high schools and colleges throughout the city. The Commissioners work on the issues of education, safety, employment, health, and recreation for young people in Chicago. They gather youth input through surveys and interviews, analyze the data, design policy recommendations, and present them to the Mayor and other city officials.
- Won Mayor Emanuel’s approval and successfully launched the Free CTA Fare initiative in 11 schools with the aim of increasing school attendance rates.
- Published a State of Young Chicago report that outlined the top issues facing Chicago’s youth based on the input of 800 young people.
- Created a youth friendly marketing campaign (“Be Involved, Be Chicago”) for the Chicago Parks District to help them recruit more high school-aged youth to their programs.
- Facilitated and hosted a Youth Youth Ideas Hack where youth leaders from around the City were able to brainstorm and design tech-based solutions to community issues.
I’m proud of finding a safe comfortable space to express my political views.
–Warkaa Abdalhussein, member, Mayoral Youth Commission
How might we create tools and opportunities for Chicago Police to better understand youth experience?– 2016 white paper
Chicago Youth Tech Pathway– 2015 white paper by the MYC
Youth Commission -State of Young Chicago
Engaging Teens in the Chicago Park District: a report by the Youth Commission.
Youth-Led Peace Action Project Grants: 2015 Application process has now ended.
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