Youth Opportunities

Employment and Surveys

Chicago Public Library Internship Opportunity!

The Chicago Public Library is hiring for their Teen Best of the Best positions. As an intern you will focus on reading new books and discussing your opinions and the evaluations of books. You will also have the opportunity to create book related social media content.The internship will begin on February 11th and run until December 9th. The meetings will all be in person at YOUmedia HWLC (400 S. State St.). The pay rate will be $15/hour. The deadline to apply is December 2, 2022. 

My CHI. My Future.: Jobs Playlist

My CHI. My Future. has an updated website for youth looking for summer and full-time employment opportunities. There are positions and resources relating to jobs within and outside of the city of Chicago.

Chicago Youth Service Corps

Chicago Youth Service Corps has a year round program that provides paid opportunities for youth ages 16 to 24 years old to engage in community service, project-based learning, and leadership development. 

Youth Development Programming 

The Young Entrepreneur Institute

The Young Entrepreneur Institute (YEI) leverages the participation of the community of teachers, educators, and entrepreneurship organizations around them to share best practices in entrepreneurial education. Then, equipped with expert knowledge, educators guide their students through curricular and experiential programs. Their website features additional games, resources, and Pitch Challenge Information!

X-STEM All Access Video Series for Middle & High School Students and Teachers The U.S. Air ForceU.S. Space Force, and Discovery Channel, have partnered to create X-STEM All Access, which is a free virtual conference series for middle and high schoolers to ignite interest in STEM professions. The 2022 series will include seven episodes showcasing the exciting careers and inspiring personal journeys of diverse STEM role models. Each 30-minute episode will feature a STEM role model telling their story through a lively Q&A session with a fellow STEM professional.

CyberUp: PowerUp: Cyber Games

CyberUp’s PowerUp: Cyber Games is a monthly capture the flag (CTF) competition for middle school and high school students that takes place during the school year. A CTF is a special kind of cybersecurity competition designed to challenge its participants to solve computer security problems and/or capture and defend computer systems. Youth can participate via a school affiliated team, as individuals, and on a team of up to four students. CyberUp is offering scholarships to registrants. To learn more about the events and eligibility, click here.

DuPage Children’s Museum

The DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is offering two virtual hands-on learning STEM opportunities for children and youth to participate in. STEM Labs are 45 – 90-minute sessions that encourage children in grades 1 to 4 to problem-solve and explore. Arts & Maker After School provides youth ages 4 to 12 with materials to tinker and create along with peers. To learn more about DCM’s online STEM offerings, click here.

PopUp Science
(Homewood Science Center)

PopUp Science is the first program designed and executed by Homewood Science Center to provide FREE community-based, hands-on STEM learning opportunities, attracting people from all across the South Suburbs, and connecting them with diverse topics in STEM. No registration required. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours! All ages welcome!

Shedd Aquarium Teen Learning Lab

Teens are invited to use this free lab space to make new friends, work on projects, and explore careers in aquatic science. When youth are ready to dive into the Teen Learning Lab, direct them to one of the new teen orientations, where they’ll be introduced to the mentors, projects and resources available within the lab.

Water Challenge

Participating in the EarthEcho Water Challenge is a great way to be a part of the solution to water issues worldwide. The Water Challenge builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local bodies of water. 

Brokering Youth
Pathways Toolkit

A new toolkit from the Hive Research Lab was created to share tools and techniques around the youth development practice of “brokering” or connecting youth to future learning opportunities and resources.

Power Minds Tutoring offers a powerful platform where children, youth and adults can connect to qualified tutors and counselors online. The online network consists of volunteers that are expert in their areas and are willing to share their knowledge and help you succeed.

Winnetka Teen
Drop-In Center

Winnetka Youth Organization (WYO) fosters individual development in junior high and high school youth in the North Shore by providing adult-to-youth mentoring, prevention services, and opportunities for leadership, citizenship, and education within a safe and informal environment. WYO is a drop-in program, so there is no need to register for programs – just stop on by!

(by Splah! Chicago)

Splash! Chicago offers free programs for high school students featuring classes designed and taught by UChicago students on anything from squids to the philosophy of superheroes! Cascade is a five-week program developed to expose students to interesting topics they may never have experienced before in their high school setting. Each class is an in-depth exploration of a topic, meeting once a week over five weeks. There is no cost to attend and pizza is provided.

Mentor Matching Engine

The Illinois Science & Technology Institute’s Mentor Matching Engine (MME) is an invitation-based web platform that connects Illinois high school students and their teachers to STEM professionals who serve as online mentors. MME facilitates mentor engagement and collaboration through strategic matching, forum-style chatting, video-conferencing and document sharing. 

National Geographic Explorer Classroom

Explorer Classroom connects afterschool programs around the world with National Geographic Explorers, bringing science, exploration, and conservation to life through live video events. Each month Explorer Classroom features a new theme and provides supporting resources for educators. To learn more about upcoming themes and opportunities, click here.

Safety, Health, and Nutrition

NAMI Chicago: Mental Health Website for Youth

NAMI Chicago has created an engaging and easy-to-digest mental health website for youth in 3rd grade and up. There are different topics, guidance, support resources, and more for different grade levels. To access this information, click here.

Contests & Scholarships

The Chicago Coalition for Homeless Scholarship

The Chicago Coalition for Homeless will award college scholarships to graduating seniors who experienced homelessness while in high school. The award amount is $3,500 and applications are due May 6, 2023. 


Registration for the 21st annual eCYBERMISSION competition is now open! Form a team of 2, 3, or 4 students and work together to identify a problem in the community and use scientific inquiry or engineering design to propose solutions to that problem. Compete for State, Regional, and National Awards. Registration closes January 25, 2023. 

Operation Airlift 2023 Team Application

The Adler Planetarium is accepting applications for their 9th annual Operation Airlift Competition. Schools and youth-serving organizations are invited to bring a team to participate in this competition by designing and building a remote-controlled airship and completing a series of challenges. Applications are due November 16, 2022. 

2023 Next Gen Afterschool Leaders Nominations Now Open

The National AfterSchool Association’s (NAA) Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders, identifies young leaders and recognizes the talent of afterschool champions who have the potential to influence the field of afterschool. Each honoree will receive a free NAA Executive membership, a free NAA22 Convention registration, ongoing leadership development, support in expanding their professional networks, and other opportunities to broaden their impact. Nomination period closes December 7, 2022

Golden Apple Scholarship Opportunity


The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program is a teacher preparation and tuition assistance program for high school seniors and freshman and sophomore Illinois college students who have the drive to be teachers in Illinois schools-of-need. Award amounts vary. 

Chicago Engineers Foundation Scholarship


The Chicago Engineers Foundation has a scholarship opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering. The initial award amount is $1,200 and is renewable if students continue to meet eligibility requirements. Applications are due April 1, 2023. 

Project Synergy Scholarship

Lewis University has released he Project Synergy Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $10,000/year for up to four years plus additional mentoring, research, and professional development opportunities. Students should apply by February 25, 2023 to receive priority consideration; however, applications will be considered after that on a rolling basis until all scholarship slots are filled.


eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition FREE to students in grades six through nine that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. Teams of three or four students are instructed to ask questions (for science) or define problems (for engineering), and then construct explanations (for science) or design solutions (for engineering) based on identified problems in their community. Students compete for State, Regional and National Awards.

Study Abroad Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State has announced scholarship opportunities for American high school students to study abroad.

Summer Opportunities

High School &
College Readiness

Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, and Illinois State University: Teach Chicago Tomorrow Pathways Partnership Program

Chicago Public Schools (CPS), City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), and Illinois State University (ISU) have partnered to provide young people with The Teach Chicago Tomorrow Pathways Partnership Program. This program is a structured pathway for aspiring teachers to meet like-minded students, complete college, earn their teaching credential, and start a CPS teaching career. To learn more about this program and to apply, click here.

High School Bound

An online hub that allows students to search for and learn more about Chicago public high schools and the programs they offer.

Partners in Education Program

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Residents (ages 15-20) can receive one-on-one coaching from an Education Navigator to support post-high school plans, or to assist in continued post-secondary enrollment through Project S.O.A.R. 

Additional Resources
& Activities




MHA Labs and The (Un)Learning Space: Black History Month Toolkit and Resources

MHA Labs and the (Un)Learning Space have developed a toolkit with resources to help young people explore their own leadership role in the movement for racial justice during Black History Month. These resources can be utilized digitally and offline. To access the toolkit and to review the free materials, click here.

Youth Be Heard

Youth Be Heard (YBH) is an online platform for youth to share their voices, stories, and art. Because all content and comments are monitored before publishing, YBH is a safe place for youth to take creative risks, experience the editing process, and exchange thoughts and experiences with people from different backgrounds.

Internet Essentials

Internet Essentials from Comcast gives access to affordable, high-speed internet to low-income families. To be eligible, households must have at least one child who is eligible for the National School Lunch Program, receive HUD housing assistance or are a low-income veteran receiving state and/or federal assistance.

Childcare for Children of Veterans

The YWCA has partnered with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to connect Illinois Veterans to FREE quality, state-licensed childcare during times of scheduled medical or counseling appointments, and job interviews. For more information, click here.