Summer Youth Leadership Programming
Chicagobility youth get to experience what community building and connection can look like in the virtual world. Youth reflect on current events, their own interests, skills, and talents and braintorm how they could use those to have an impact in the world. By the end of the program youth will take on a project to have a positive impact in their communities. The projects youth developed in the past include a website on Black Lives Matter movement and the importance of LGBTQ+ leadership in these movements, raising awareness on suicide prevention, staying healthy during quarantine, and using art to relieve stress.
Restorative Justice Summer Institute
The Restorative Justice (RJ) Summer Institute provides 6 weeks of intensive RJ training and community building for youth ages 16-19. Over the course of the summer, every participant will plan & facilitate their own talking circles and facilitate community building games & check-ins for youth in other Alternatives programs and partner organizations.
The Peace Ambassadors Program is a paid apprenticeship for young adults (17-24 years old) who have faced homelessness or are system involved. Participants learn to become professional Restorative Justice practitioners. This apprenticeship is designed to be the most intensive RJ training available in the city, with over 400 hours of training coupled with weekly real world practice facilitating programming in communities and schools.
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