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CHA has extended the application deadline for SYEP and four (4) of its paid programs for high school students interested in scripted dramatic writing for cinema, graphic design and game experiences, documentary film production and/or community arts.

New this year, our youth and young adult residents will apply for CHA summer opportunities through One Summer Chicago at!
Applicants must choose CHA as an organization of interest in order to view and select paid summer opportunities.

To apply you will need:

- Last four digits of applicant's social security number
- Applicant's date of birth

List of summer opportunities:

(Programs are subject to change without notice)

Documentary Filmmaking for Girls
(HS Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)

Learn how to create a documentary from award-winning filmmakers within DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts. The six-week intensive prepares students to become future filmmakers in documentary production.  Learn the basic theory, aesthetic and technical skills required to create a documentary.  The program demonstrates how young women can employ media in positive ways and usher in a group of future women and student leaders who understand (and advocate for) the challenges young women face.

Deadline to apply June 1, 2018


Game & Graphic Design
(HS Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)

Learn how to create games and explore graphic design from an award-winning game designer within DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts. In this program, participants will be guided to develop their creative voices to effect change and introduce ideas to others. The six-week intensive focuses on journaling and self-exploration to create graphic design, games and interactive experiences.

 Deadline to apply June 1, 2018


Movie and TV Scripts 101: Screenwriting from the Pros!
(HS Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)

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.

Deadline to apply June 1, 2018


"Hammer, Meet Nail" Design Into Action
(HS Juniors and Seniors)

This engaging, hands-on program, led by staff and artists at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, will introduce rising high school juniors and seniors (and recent graduates) to cultural ecosystem on the south side of the city. During the six-week program, participants will design and physically create a major work of public art that also serves as a platform for teen programming for years to come. Students will gain skills in all aspects of arts production as well as construction trades.

Deadline to apply June 1, 2018


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 seven weeks during the summer.

Deadline to apply June 15, 2018

For a list of essay topics click here!
Call Youth Hotline: 312.786.6930