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CHA has a variety of opportunities available for public housing and HCV youth throughout the year; selected programs are described below.  For more information, call CHA's Youth Hotline at 312.786.6930 or contact your FamilyWorks provider. You can also Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Youth Scholarships

CHA partners with colleges, universities and other entities to secure post-secondary scholarships dedicated to CHA residents. In addition, all CHA residents in public housing and HCV program can attend the City Colleges of Chicago at little to no cost (after financial aid).  See the Education page  for more information.

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Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District provides recreational programs for the benefit of City of Chicago residents. CHA youth can participate in these programs throughout the year at deeply subsidized rates. Programs include arts and crafts, field trips, swimming and other sports, and other recreational activities. 

One Summer Chicago & Other Summer Opportunities 

CHA offers an array of summer recreation, learning and enrichment opportunities for youth: 

  • One Summer Chicago is a summer jobs initiative through DFSS that provides job readiness training and job placement to CHA youth ages 14-24.
  • Learn and Earn provides CHA youth, ages 13 to 15, with academic enrichment, experiential 
  • learning focused on career exploration and field trips that complement class activities. 
  • The Chance for CHAnge program prepares participants for possible future study and career options in science, technology, engineering and math. 
  • The Financial Literacy and Leadership Institute, in partnership with Depaul University and BMO Harris Bank, focuses on enhancing college-readiness skills and exploring careers in business, banking and leadership.
  • The Freelance Coder Camp takes place at IIT and teaches participants the business of becoming a successful freelance computer coder and gain entrepreneurial skills that could lead to earning extra income for college.
  • Programs with other partners include the Junior Counselor Program with the Chicago Park District, the Neighborhood Youth Corps with the Chicago Police Department and After School Matters apprenticeships and internships.

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After School Matters Youth Employment Programs

After School Matters (ASM) administers youth programs across the city, including a summer pre-apprenticeship employment program for teenagers aged 14-15.  Participants receive a combination of academic training and professional skill development from skilled instructors who focus on teaching both the hard skills (e.g. technology, business, science, art or dance) and the soft skills (e.g. problem-solving and teamwork) necessary to function in the workplace.  CHA annually contracts with After School Matters to ensure that a designated number of slots are available for CHA youth. 

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS)

CHA youth can access existing after-school programs free of charge through CHA’s partnership with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS).

Summer Food Service Program

CHA hosts Summer Food sites across the city each summer, where any youth can go to get a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch. Click here for more information.