Civic Affairs

Expand and deepen youth civic affairs programs to strengthen a well-informed and engaged community

Catholic Charities Embarc student embody the core value of Change Agency by taking action in their community and preparing nutrition packages for Catholic Charities' Mothers and Children (MAC) Warehouse. Photo credit: Christina Noel Photography

Civic Affairs

Expand and deepen youth civic affairs programs to strengthen a well-informed and engaged community

We believe in a well-informed and engaged community. Our civic affairs portfolio advances this belief by investing in youth-focused efforts that promote civics education and service learning in Chicago schools.  

We believe that deepening students’ civics knowledge and leadership abilities, particularly through hands-on, direct service learning, is pivotal to ensure the health and vitality of our city. We also believe in giving voice to underrepresented populations and in developing their capacity to overcome local challenges. Our portfolio supports organizations that promote quality civics education in Chicago schools.  This is advanced through direct student programming or teacher professional learning that encourage students to build leadership skills to better serve their communities and promote constructive civic dialogue in Chicago.

Focus area for the civics affairs portfolio:

Youth Engagement and Service Learning

Promote Chicago youth engagement through civics education and service learning opportunities that ultimately increase students’ capacity to be effective, informed citizens.