This series is the latest offering of My CHI.My Future, the City’s effort to connect Chicago’s youth with safe and engaging spaces throughout 15 communities across the south and west sides.
CHICAGO – Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joins First Lady Amy Eshleman, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Amazon, and community-based organizations across the city to launch the inaugural Summer Kickback Series. This initiative provides safe spaces, programs, and other opportunities for Chicago youth, ages 14 to 19 in 15 communities on the south and west sides. The Summer Kickback Series is the latest offering of My CHI.My Future (MCMF), the City’s effort to connect Chicago’s youth with safe and engaging spaces throughout 15 communities across the south and west sides.
"Connecting our youth with safe, engaging, and empowering opportunities throughout the summer is critical to providing every possible pathway to success," said Mayor Lightfoot. "The Summer Kickback Series builds upon MCMF's efforts to further young Chicagoans' professional development leading to positive futures. I am also delighted to see that this initiative builds upon our efforts to continue encouraging vaccinations against COVID-19 and utilizes our all-hands-on-deck approach to public safety."
The Summer Kickback Series offers teens two ways to engage. Each of the 15 community-based organizations will hire 10-20 teens and two young adults to create a Kickback Street Team. During the nine weeks of employment, the team will promote youth-focused opportunities happening in the neighborhoods, conduct vaccine advocacy as well as plan and host Summer Kickback events in their respective communities. All youth will be trained as vaccine ambassadors through the online Vaccine Ambassador training provided by Malcolm X College and receive additional training through the Park District to encourage community members to remain COVID-safe and get vaccinated. Funding to hire up to 238 teens and young adults will be provided by an anonymous donor and is being administered by the Chicago Parks Foundation.
“The Chicago Park District is excited to help deliver opportunities specifically programmed to engage and support young residents living in communities most in need,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. The Summer Kickback Series is designed to do just that. These events will give teens an opportunity to connect in a safe, engaging setting to enjoy all the things teens love most – food, music, technology and of course being around their peers.”
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