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Youth-Led Tech 2016 Student Application Is Now Open!

Youth-led Tech Summer 2016 is a technology mentoring program in three Chicago neighborhoods: Austin, North Lawndale, and Roseland. We are also delivering a program in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.


The conceptual model for this program is “youth-led tech”, which means teaching technology in the context of the needs & priorities of young people. Youth learn how to use free and inexpensive Web tools to make websites and use social media to build skills, generate revenue, and get jobs in the growing technology industry.

They also learn about all sorts of other jobs in tech— strategy, project management, design, and so on. At the end of the six-week program, all of the youth know how to set up a website, are exposed to sophisticated tech skills, and know how to find real customers & employers for their skills.

This intensive, six-week summer program (from 10 am – 4 pm; 6/27/16 – 8/5/16) meets youth where they’re at, in their neighborhoods, at their skill level, and takes them through a course of learning on simple & powerful Web-based tools. The program material— the websites and tools they made— revolve around their expressed needs and interests.

Recruitment is now open for Youth Applicants!

Are you between the ages of 13-18?
A resident of the City of Chicago?
Reside in either the Austin, North Lawndale, or Roseland communities?
Interested in Tech?
Want to be in a safe, nurturing, learning environment?
Need help with building up social and workforce development skills?

If Yes, then Apply Here

For more information or questions, please contact Smart Chicago at 312-565-2933 or email

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