Thank you for your interest in Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) paid summer youth opportunities.

The 2020 summer online application is now open!



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If you have any questions, call CHA's Youth Hotline at (312) 786-6930 (for non-park district voucher inquiries) or email
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The Chicago Housing Authority offers many paid opportunities where you can spend your summer working, learning, creating and developing skills at a local business,
on a university campus or in a non-profit or government institution in Chicago! For more information about our programs,
please see the descriptions and important details below.


Note: All programs and dates are subject to change without notice


SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
(YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS AGES 16-24)

SYEP helps young people, ages 16 – 24, to gain paid work experience working in government agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the city. Participants explore careers, build employability skills and financial literacy over the course of six weeks during the summer. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: July 6 – August 14

Deadline to apply June 30, 2020

 

BECOME A FILMMAKER
(AGES 15-20, FEMALE-IDENTIFYING)

Geared towards female-identifying youth, this documentary filmmaking intensive is designed to provide all essential skill sets for a job in film: pre-production, camera operation, lighting, sound, and video editing. Guided by award winning filmmakers and DePaul graduate students, participants receive extensive training while exploring the power of their personal narrative. During the paid, six-week program, youth will also be visited by industry experts and go on a number of experiential field trips including a tour of Cinespace, the largest film studio outside of Hollywood. Working in small teams, participants will create an original short documentary that will screen across Chicago and possibly the nation. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: June 22 – July 30.

Deadline to apply May 3, 2020

 

NEXT LEVEL PHOTOGRAPHY (AGES 15-20)

Take your smartphone photography skills to the next level by learning how to operate a professional DSLR camera. In this hands-on intensive, you’ll master the technical foundation of photography, explore several major genres (nature, cityscapes, portraiture, street photography), and develop your own original style. Each participant will create a digital body of work that will serve as a portfolio for future free-lance work and be entered for a contest to win a professional-level camera package. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: June 22 – July 30.

 Deadline to apply May 3, 2020

 

LEARN AND EARN (AGES 13-15)

Learn and Earn aims to prevent summer learning loss through engaging academic enrichment and career exploration activities for six-weeks at college campuses across the city. Participants, ages 13–15, explore future careers, develop the knowledge and confidence to achieve their education and career goals, hear from guest speakers, and take field trips to have fun and learn something new. You will earn a $600 stipend. Program Dates: June 29 – August 7.

Deadline to apply May 3, 2020

SMART ART & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (AGES 15-19)

Working alongside professional artists at the University of Chicago, teen participants will be inspired by exposure to diverse art forms, expand their critical thinking in response to pressing social issues, develop their own unique expression, and create opportunities for public engagement. The six-week program features field trips, relationship building with peers, and instruction in art and community empowerment. The program is participant-led with a goal of developing personal skills and public impact around common concerns. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: July 7 – August 14.

Deadline to apply May 3, 2020

 

MOVIE AND TV SCRIPTS 101 (AGES 15-20)

Learn how to write an original screenplay from award-winning screenwriters within DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts. Participants will analyze a series of films studying screenplay format, visual writing style, scene craft, story structure, character development and dialogue. The program culminates with each participant writing their own short movie/tv script. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: June 22 – July 30.

Deadline to apply May 3, 2020

 

SAFE SUMMER PEACE AMBASSADOR (AGES 14-18)

Teens in the Safe Summer Peace Ambassador program learn strategies for reducing violence in their communities while engaging younger children (6 – 12) in positive activities focused on individual reflection, talking circles and conflict resolution. You will earn $10.50/hour. Program Dates: July 6 – August 14.

Deadline to apply May 3, 2020

 

URBAN ECOLOGY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (AGES 16-24)

Sweet Water Foundation invites you to participate in the Urban Ecology Apprenticeship Program. Through the program, you will engage in hands-on lessons and project-based training that span topics such as architecture, carpentry, design gardening, farming, and nutrition. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: June 30 – August 7.

Deadline to apply May 3, 2020

 

CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH CORPS (AGES 15-18)

CPD NYC Neighborhood Youth Corps is a six-week engagement initiative that helps students explore future education and career options to empower and prepare them to maximize their adult potential. Through field trips, community service projects, and workshops facilitated by professionals and community leaders, students receive guidance on relationship building, careers, job preparedness, and workplace social skills. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: June 22 – July 31.

Deadline to apply May 3, 2020