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Summer 2021 Y.O.U. High School Hybrid Programs

Virtual and in-person experiences vary by program! Scroll down to explore and apply! 

WELCOME! Summer 2021 offficially kicks off on Monday, June 14th! Check out the Summer 2021 program lineup below. Applications are live and we are excited to see you all soon!


Y.O.U.’S SUMMER 2021 HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS ARE OFFICIALLY HYBRID! There will be virtual and in-person opportunities across programs! 

The team is ready to safely offer some engaging hybrid learning experiences for ETHS students this summer. All programs offer students up to $250.00 in stipends over a 7-week period (Monday, June 14th – Friday, July 30th). Stipends may vary based on engagement and attendance. 

Apply today at and we will be in touch! 

#nothingstopsunity // Banner art by: Angel Cruz (ETHS Student) 

Much love, 

Your Y.O.U. High School Program Team

High School Programming: Summer 2021 Student Applications

Food, Farming, Future (F-Cubed) Open to: ETHS Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors // Schedule: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm (Virtual), Thursdays 2:00-3:30pm (In-Person) // Start Date: Tuesday, June 15th

- In partnership with The Talking Farm, students in Y.O.U.’s urban garden program will learn about all aspects of managing an organic garden.  

- Students will be in a virtual session on Tuesdays where they will learn different aspects of gardening such as seedling care, composting, and crop planning.

- On Thursdays, students will take what they learned by preparing the garden beds, planting seedlings, and harvesting produce while in person at the Y.O.U. garden.

 Program Leader: Olivia Tsotsos (They/Them/Theirs)

Apply TO F-CUBED Now

Summer Base Camp - Open to: All ETHS Students // Schedule: Mondays from 1:00pm - 2:30pm // Start Date: Monday, June 14th

Summer Base Camp is a summer program where participants will be given up to $150 to pursue a project of their choosing. This project can be any STEAM project, ranging from robotics,  music, fashion, coding, electronics, or any other STEAM project you can think of.

Participants will have an opportunity to share and develop skills with high school peers, in addition to, learning about STEAM opportunities post-high school.

If you have questions you can reach out to

Program Leaders: Chris Essex (He/Him/His) // Allen Moore (He/Him/His)


The Leadership Project - Open to: All ETHS Students // Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00-1:30pm // Start Date: Tuesday, June 15th

- The Leadership Project is a space that allows youth to explore the intersections of race and class through research, art, and discussions.

- This summer, students will critically think about and discuss what societal structures impact a community and will work continue working with the Northwestern University's Block Museum

Program Leader:  Allen Moore (He/Him/His)



PEER - Open to: Incoming Freshmen ONLY + graduating Y.O.U. 8th graders from Lincoln Jr. High and Old Orchard Jr. High// Schedule: Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11:00-12:30pm & 1:30-3:00pm *students will be assigned one of these blocks // Start Date: Wednesday, June 16th

- Peer is a summer bridge program that supports rising 9th grade students as they transition to high school

- Come build relationships with peers and other adults, and connect with resources at your high school to help gain the skills and confidence needed to navigate high school!

- Through engaging virtual and small in-person activities, you will be able to imagine your ideal high school experience and create plans to achieve your goals.

Program Leaders:  Destiny Watson (She/Her/Hers)

Apply TO THE PEEr now


Safer Space - Open to: All ETHS Students //  Schedule: Mondays from 4:00pm-5:00pm // Start Date: Monday, June 14 | *This program does not include a student stipend, but will have other incentives for student participants! 


- Safer Space is a program dedicated to youth who are in the LGTBQ+ community or youth who are questioning their gender and or sexuality.

- This space consists of weekly check-ins, discussions surrounding LGBTQ+ issues, and occasional virtual movie nights.

***If you are interested in learning more, please contact Olivia Tsotsos directly at

Program Leaders: Olivia Tsotsos (They/Them/Theirs) and Tosha Jorden (They/Them/Theirs)

express interest in safer space here

Other Summer Program Offerings... 

Stayed tuned for other opportunities like Friday workshops and socials!!! 

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

Allen Moore (He/Him/His) - Makaerspace Instructional Specialist // // 847.801.0220 

Chris Essex (He/Him/His) - Maker Manager // // 847.801.0314

Destiny Watson (She/Her/Hers) - High School Youth Worker // // 847.306.3570

Olivia Tsotsos (They/Them/Theirs) - Community Case Manager // // 847.801.0269

Tosha Jorden (They/Them/Theirs) - Youth & Family Counselor // // 847.801.0312