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EPIC Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge


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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Illinois Green Alliance, and Civic ArtWorks invite you to apply for 2018 EPIC Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge, a program for CPS high school science and social studies teachers and their students. Student teams investigate local sustainability issues and community needs, receive in-person and online mentorship from Illinois Green Alliance professionals, and develop community-focused sustainability campaigns. In partnership with the CPS Office of Social Science & Civic Engagement, the EPIC Challenge is designed to be implemented by science or social studies teachers as a classroom-integrated service learning project. Teachers can also choose to integrate the EPIC Challenge into an existing club or other after-school context.


  • Multi-lesson Curriculum (aligned with NGSS & Illinois Social Science Standards)
  • PD Workshops for Teachers and ongoing support to implement the EPIC Challenge curriculum
  • $150 Stipend & PD Clock Hours for Teachers
  • Service Learning for Students (approved by CPS as a classroom-integrated service learning project)
  • Challenge Kick-off Event for Student Teams (funding for substitute coverage + transportation available)
  • Mentorship from Industry Professionals (in-person and online mentorship for student teams from city planners, architects, and engineers)
  • Free access to Municipal (civic engagement web app & learning tool)
  • $150 mini-grants for Student Campaigns
  • Top Student Teams Recognized at Limelight (annual celebration that recognizes achievements in the Illinois sustainability industry)

Key Dates

  • Friday, February 2: Teacher Applications Due
  • Thursday, February 15: Teacher & Mentor PD Workshop 1 (5:30pm-8pm)*
  • Friday, March 2: Student Kick-off Event (10am-2pm)*
  • Tuesday, March 13: Teacher PD Workshop 2 (5:30pm-7:30pm)*
  • Friday, April 27: Student Campaigns submitted for judging
  • Monday, May 7: Winners announced

* hosted at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - 2430 North Cannon Drive - Chicago

Apply before Friday, February 2, 2018 by clicking the button below.

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For any questions, please email or call 773-755-5175.

This project is generously funded by Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at The Chicago Community Trust.

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