Growing Citizen Leaders (GCL) is a unique and life-changing 6 month youth leadership program for teens living in or connected to the Englewood community. Growing Citizen Leaders (GCL) is a unique and life-changing leadership program for “at-promise” youth ages 13-18 years old living in or connected to the Englewood & West Englewood neighborhoods. The goal of GCL is to provide a safe space for teens to interact with their peers, enhance communication, critical thinking and leadership skills. Teen Mentors and Teen Leaders are two programs under GCL to provide training in either youth program management or environmental awareness.
Teen Mentors (Age: 16-18)
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 after school program needs. Teen Mentors will receive weekly training in professional development, classroom management, and program facilitation. Teen Mentors must be a high school student with a minimum 3.0 GPA, volunteer 5-8 hours per week during the school year, and has an interest to make a difference by working with elementary students. Teen Mentors volunteer during the school year between 3:30pm-6:30pm, Monday - Friday. During the Summer months, Teen Mentors lead and teach at Kids on the Move Summer Day. Looking to become a Teen Mentor?
Teen Leaders (Age: 13-18)
Teen Leaders will develop organizing, outreach and advocacy skills to address neighborhood issues. Teen Leaders will create meaningful environmental and social justice projects to educate the Englewood community on present neighborhood issues. Teen Leaders will expose youth to new activities through fields trips around the city and organize community events in the Jean Carter-Hill Community Garden to promote healthy eating and environmental wellness.
Participants will be charged with creating communications to encourage families in the Englewood community to have their young children screened for lead poisoning and their homes inspected for lead. The youth will be trained to lead a Lead Poisoning Prevention campaign while also highlighting the importance of overall healthy living.
Must be between the ages of 13 to 18 years old
Monday- Friday T.B.D
*** Any question can be directed to Program Manager, Tamisha Gamble at or (773) 488-6704 ***
Summer Job Opportunity
Opportunity to earn over Community Service Hours
Promote healthy living in the Englewood community
Improve speaking and leadership skills
Enhance peer interaction, social media, and professionalism skills
Increase sense of pride in the Englewood community
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
Goals & Objectives
Attend program workshops to develop thorough understanding of :
Systems of Oppression
Community Organizing and Advocacy
Figure out the method and implementation of approach to environmental and health issues with the guidance of the program manager and guest facilitators.
Learn how to start and care for raised gardens / involved with Jean Carter Hill Garden
Encourage families to eat healthy by creating home gardens
Enhance communication, critical thinking and leadership skills of participants
Develop event planning skills
Enhance communication and leadership skills through mentorship
Develop program facilitation and coordination skills
Learn the art of networking by engaging with professionals that volunteer with the organization.