Youth in Service

We know that young people don't just want to talk about change; they want to be the change, and they want to start today. Our Youth in Service Program places groups of 8 to 18 year-olds in meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout the city. These customized service projects are created around the interests and schedule of your youth group to meet a critical need in Chicago. We work to ensure that students are leaving each service experience ready to continue making a difference long after their project with Chicago Cares is over.

We believe that by educating youth on social issues, engaging them in meaningful service, and empowering them to be agents of change, we are fostering a new generation of leaders grounded in the ethic of community involvement.

In its first five years, our Youth in Service program introduced more than 20,000 Chicago youngsters to volunteerism. More than just counting hours, our program encourages students to make positive changes in their communities through well-rounded volunteer service programs touching the areas of poverty, aging, human services, and the environment.

To find out how we can help get your youth group excited about service, contact us. (Visit our Youth and Family Volunteering page for information on non-group youth opportunities.)