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Connecting Youth to Local Programs, Experiences and Opportunities


My CHI. My Future. is a multi-year innovative initiative from Mayor Lightfoot that began in Spring 2020. The initiative is designed to connect youth across Chicago to meaningful experiences, discover the City of Chicago, and ensure all Chicago youth have meaningful plans for the summer. 

The City of Chicago collaborated with EX3 Labs to increase access to this initiative by offering an app to the youth and their support systems. The My CHI. My Future. mobile app was created to achieve 3 goals:

  1. Help young people find after school opportunities and activities
  2. Engage young people through a personalized, user-friendly mobile app experience that aligns with their interests
  3. Engage with organizations geared towards helping young people

The app provides a simple and user-friendly platform through which thousands of available youth programs can easily be viewed and filtered through and connections can be made based on the youth’s interests and availability.

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    The City of Chicago
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I use the app every week to find events and programs for my own kids, and it feels like the whole world of local youth programs is at my fingertips.

- Nick Lucius, Chief Technology Officer, The City of Chicago

Bringing Programs and Events Directly to Youth

Every young person in Chicago connects to a variety of rich, engaging, safe, and youth-centered out-of-school experiences that empower them to discover and cultivate their talents, passions, skills, and identities; develop as physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy members of society; build relationships and networks with peers and mentors; and explore multiple pathways to college, careers, trades, entrepreneurship, and life-long learning.

Building Positive Futures

Access and participation in Chicago’s diverse out-of-school opportunity ecosystem must be equitable (not equal) across race, gender identities, age, disability, immigration status, income, neighborhood, and other identities, resulting in all young people (as well as their families, mentors, and caring adults) leveraging community assets and the city’s resources to build positive futures for themselves and their communities.

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