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Summer Youth Programming

The City’s youth summer employment program – One Summer Chicago (OSC) – will include paid, job and life-skills training via online cohorts and a special new Chicago Youth Service Corps (CYSC) of 2,000 youth dedicated to providing service to the city and its residents, including remote-support to the City’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. OSC programs will run for six weeks from July 6 to August 14 and will include 20,000 opportunities for youth this summer. CYSC is the product of a new citywide, cross-departmental partnership led by the Department of Family and Support (DFSS). The program is specifically focused on providing youth the opportunity to build relationships, leadership and life-skills through activities that will make a positive impact in their communities. Each youth will be dedicated to the Corps’ guiding principles of strengthening communities through civic leadership, working together to broaden impact, continuous learning, valuing youth-led advocacy and public service, and creating safe environments that celebrate diversity. Also new this year, One Summer Chicago’s partner agencies will host online professional development cohorts intended to offer in-depth insight, resources and guidance for young people interested in pursuing careers in the host company’s field. Young people will be compensated for participating in these career exploration opportunities in fields such as coding and tech, healthcare, media, and more. Learn more at



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