Thank you for your interest in Chicago Housing Authority Summer Youth Opportunities!

Below is a list of opportunities which are available this summer along with important information for completing the online application.

Please note: Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your application and go back to it at a later time. Please be prepared to complete your application in one session. Also, program selections cannot be changed once the application is submitted, therefore it is imperative that youth complete the application themselves or along with a parent/ other adult. Finally, applying for a summer opportunity does not guarantee participation in a program. Youth will be placed in a lottery and selected to attend an interview or orientation based on number of slots available. Only youth selected for a program will be contacted.

BMO Harris Bank - Be Your Own Boss Program This program is designed to teach current high school sophomores and juniors the innovative skills needed to create a unique personal business venture. DePaul University’s Management & Entrepreneurship Department will help participants manage an entry level business through a fun technology based media platform, enhance team building and public speaking skills, visit with leadership from sports franchises and learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur. The program is for six weeks and participants can earn a stipend up to $600. Sophomores and Juniors in High School April 30, 2017
CHA Program in Game & Graphic Design In this program, participants will be guided to develop their creative voices to effect change and introduce ideas to others. We will focus on journaling and self-exploration to create graphic design, games and interactive experiences. The program is for six weeks and participants can earn up to $600. Juniors and Seniors in High School April 30, 2017
Chicago Police Department Neighborhood Youth Corps The Chicago Police Department Neighborhood Youth Corps introduces students, ages 15 – 18, to careers in law enforcement and offers positive interaction with police officers. The program features field trips, community service projects, and relationship building with peers. In addition, students attend workshops facilitated by community leaders and other professionals, and participate in group discussions on prevalent social issues. The program is for six weeks and participants can earn a stipend up to $600. Ages 15 - 18 April 30, 2017
Documentary Filmmaking Program for Girls With the help of DePaul University faculty and guest professional filmmakers, high school girls, sophomores and juniors, receive instruction and training on how to produce a video illustrating pressing social issues. During the program, participants will explore visual storytelling and get experience in camera operation, production sound, lighting and video editing. The program is for six weeks and participants can earn a stipend up to $600. Female Sophomores and Juniors in High School April 30, 2017
Learn and Earn Learn and Earn aims to prevent summer learning loss through engaging academic enrichment and career exploration activities 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. The program is for six weeks and participants can earn a stipend up to $600. 13-15 April 30, 2017
Museum and Public Art Internship Participants in this program will work alongside talented teaching artists and museum staff to explore the Smart Museum of Art collection as a springboard to their investigation of architecture, design, and public art. They will visit with many arts and community development organizations to research the histories and current context of the surrounding neighborhoods. This will research will then form the basis for the participants’ own responses and the creation of a public art work. The program is for six weeks and participants can earn up to $600. Sophomores and Juniors in High School April 30, 2017
Safe Summer Peace Ambassador The Safe Summer Peace Ambassador program teaches students, ages 14 – 18, to take an active role in reducing violence in their communities by incorporating activities focused on individual reflection, talking circles and conflict resolution. Students are also trained to serve as Peace Ambassadors and learn to engage children, ages 9-12, in positive activities in communities across the city. Participants must have a current physical and TB test before the start of the program and can earn a wage up to $8.25/hour for up to 15 hours a week. The program is for six weeks. 14-18 April 30, 2017
STEM Camp STEM Camp combines academic instruction with fun and hands-on activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Held at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus, STEM Camp is designed to help current high school juniors & seniors, prepare for career opportunities and future study in the STEM fields. In addition, students work with their peers on research projects and design build challenges, and experience real college life by living in dorms for one week at UIC. The program is for six weeks and participants can earn a stipend up to $600. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in High School April 30, 2017
Summer Youth Employment Program The Summer Youth Employment Program (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. Participants can earn a wage of $8.25/hour for up to 140 hours. 16-24 June 14, 2017

To complete your online application, you will need:
  • To be Chicago Housing Authority public housing residents or Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8) program participants
  • Your Client ID number, the last 4 digits of the Head of Household’s Social Security Number and the applicant’s Date of Birth
  • To be between the ages of 13 – 24 (Applicants must be at least 13 years old but not over 24 years old as of June 26, 2017)
  • To have a valid email address
  • The name and telephone number of another adult (i.e. parent, grandparent, neighbor/family friend) who can serve as an emergency contact for you

Depending on your program selections, you may also be asked to answer short essay questions. We recommend writing your answers first by hand or in Microsoft Word, then copying them into the online application fields. This will save you a lot of work if your application is accidentally cleared, or if you need to restart your application at a later time. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions to view the essay prompts or the Quick Reference Guide for help and instructions that will guide you through the entry of information in the online application.
As of now, applicants must be 16 - 24 years old to apply
Client ID#
Head of Household Last 4 of SSN
Youth DOB
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