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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.

Program components:

  • Teachers participate in two evening PD workshops at the Nature Museum (Wed Feb 7 & Tue Mar 13, 2018) and receive ongoing support to implement the EPIC Challenge curriculum in their classroom. Teachers receive PD Clock Hours and a $150 stipend upon completion of the program.
  • Teachers and students team attend a Challenge Kick-off event and symposium at the Nature Museum on Saturday, February 24, 2018, where they learn from sustainability experts and work with Illinois Green Alliance mentors (transportation, lunch, and museum admission provided).
  • Illinois Green Alliance professionals provide in-person and online mentorship for the student teams throughout the development of their campaigns.
  • Student teams eligible for $150 mini-grants to support research trips and campaign-related materials.
  • Students use a digital platform (Municipal) to turn their ideas into campaigns for action, grow a network of supporters, collect valuable feedback, organize campaign-related activities, and track and analyze progress.
  • The top three students teams are honored at Illinois Green’s annual Limelight awards in mid-May 2018.

Apply before January 15, 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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