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This multi-week program is designed to engage students ages 15-18 in place-based research. The teens will dive into the rich history of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, practice public speaking and interview techniques, and serve as interpreters at select locations during CAC’s annual Open House Chicago festival in October. Students who complete the program are eligible for a stipend and qualify for service learning credit.

The 2019 summer program will include visits to historic buildings and culturally-important sites throughout Bronzeville. Ambassadors will interview lifelong Bronzeville community members about changes in the neighborhood over time, and will write, produce and edit their own audio stories focused on these interviews.

An application and brief interview is required. Space is limited and your application does not guarantee acceptance.

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This program includes the following required dates:
• Wednesday-Friday, July 10-12, 9am-3pm
• Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 9am-3pm
• Saturday, Oct. 5, 9am-3pm
• Saturday, Oct. 12, 9am-3pm
• Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, 9am-3pm
• Saturday, Oct. 26, 9am-noon
• December teen program showcase (Saturday in December; time TBD)