Growing Citizen Leaders Program

Life Changing Experience for Future Leaders

Growing Citizen Leaders (GCL) is a unique and life-changing leadership program for youth ages 13-18 years old living in or connected to the Englewood & West Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago. The goal of GCL is to provide the youth with a new vision of their possibilities for their lives by enhancing communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills while providing a safe space to interact with their peers and adult role models. The youth are invited to participate in two available tracks, Teen Mentors and Teen Leaders, which provide education, training, and coaching in youth program management and environmental awareness.

Our Goal​s

Critical Thinking

Our goal is to increase critical thinking in teenagers through collaborative team efforts, brainstorming workshops, and career exploration.

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communication

Our goal is for teens to develop positive communication skills through social emotional learning, public speaking workshops, and collaborative team efforts.

Leadership Skills

Our goal is to for teens to develop leadership skills through academic mentoring, social justice projects, community planning, and curriculum building.

Teen Mentors

Teen Mentors will work with children ages 6 to 12 years old to provide homework help, one on one tutoring, facilitate enrichment activities, and support other youth programming needs. Teen Mentors will receive weekly training in professional development, classroom management, and program facilitation.

Requirements:

  • Ages: 14 - 18

  • High School Student

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Able to volunteer 

  • Likes to work with elementary-aged youth

Benefits

  • Enhance communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills

  • Enhance research skills 

  • Develop classroom management skills

  • Develop curriculum building skills

Teen leaders

Teen Leaders develop organizing, outreach, and advocacy skills while working to bring hope and healing to Englewood and West Englewood. Teen Leaders create meaningful environmental and social justice projects to educate the Englewood community on present neighborhood issues.

Requirements:

  • Ages: 13 - 18

  • 8th Grade/High School Student

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Able to volunteer 

  • Interested in organizing, outreach, and advocacy skills

Benefits

  • Enhance communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills

  • Enhance research skills 

  • Develop journalism and video production skills

  • Learn to organize community events

  • Learn social media management

6002 S. Halsted Street 

Chicago, IL 60621

info@imagineenglewoodif.org

Tel: (773) 488-6704

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Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed