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Summer Programming

Take a look at Y.O.U.’s 2018 summer lineup—and join us for one of six exciting programs designed to help you create, learn, collaborate, and explore new ideas and experiences.

All programs offer students up to $250.00 in stipends over an 8-week period (Tuesday, June 12th – Tuesday, August 7th). 


Open to Incoming Freshmen ONLY
Peer is a summer bridge program designed to support rising 9th grade students as they transition to Evanston Township High School. Program goals include connecting students with staff and resources at the high school, exposure to career pathways, team-building, and developing skills that will make the transition to high school as smooth as possible. PEER participants will also have access to a wide variety of Northwestern University and other community partnerships. 

Location: Y.O.U. Main Office @ 1911 Church Street; Tu, We, Th; 2:00–5:00pm 

Apply now to peer

The Leadership Project

Open to All ETHS students 
The Leadership Project serves as a place to discuss relevant and current events and collaborate on projects in the community. Students will have opportunities to meet local leaders and artists, lead community initiatives, and take the mic on issues that matter to them.

Location: Y.O.U. Main Office @ 1911 Church Street; Tu, We, Th; 11:00am – 1:00pm 

Apply now to the leadership project

YES! Camp

Open to All ETHS students 
Youth Entrepreneurship Summer (YES!) Camp is an eight-week program open EXCLUSIVELY to ETHS students. During YES! students will get the opportunity to form companies and create innovative business with support and feedback from inspiring business leaders in Chicago and Evanston. At the end of the camp, each company will get to take their business idea to the boardroom of Madison Dearborn and pitch their business plan to a panel of investors in a final competition. 

Note: Mondays will be a open work day for YES! Camp team meetings, maker space design work, or make up for attendance.

Location: Evanston Township High School; Tu, We, Th; 2:00–5:00pm

Apply now to YES! Camp 

Food, Farming, Future (F3

Open to all HS students (limited spots) 
In partnership with The Talking Farm, Students at Y.O.U.’s new urban garden program will work on and learn about all aspects of managing an organic garden, all while earning up to $200 in stipends! Grow seedlings, create crop plans, harvest produce, and explore environmental justice issues. Students will also have the chance to mentor and teach skills to elementary students and, through lessons on entrepreneurship and business development, create a business model to sell produce from the garden.

Location: Y.O.U. Main Office @ 1911 Church Street; Tu, Th; 2:00–4:00pm

Apply now to F3

Freestyle Fridays

Open to all HS students (limited spots)
Friday programming will consist of historical field trips to prominent communities of color in Chicago, makerspace workshops, and other community building activities to celebrate the end of the week! 

Note: These opportunities will be announced weekly for student sign up. Limited spots available.

For more information, or for enrollment/application questions, contact the Y.O.U. team:

Janelle Norman
Manager of Post-Secondary Success

Randy J. Johnson
Senior Youth Development Specialist
847.866.1200 x406

Em Roth
Director of High School
OST Programs
847.866.1200 x243