City Launches ‘My Chi. My Future’

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

At a citywide virtual youth summit, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman launched “My CHI. My Future.”(MCMF) – a multi-year, youth-focused initiative designed to connect youth across Chicago to meaningful out-of-school experiences, and ensure all Chicago youth have a meaningful plan for the summer. The MCMF family of more than 200 organizations, has been designing the initiative, with a focus on organizing and connecting the opportunity ecosystem in Chicago and galvanizing caring adults, all over the city, to ensure that every young person has a plan for summer engagement. While the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the original implementation of the “My CHI. My Future.” initiative, many out-of-school experiences will now be available through a hub online at The content on the MCMF website is different than what youth may be doing or seeing through remote learning through their school and will include:

• Live Events – real-time offerings that are interactive and have a connective element

• Virtual Experiences – taped offerings that take youth to another place

• Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Activities – things that youth can do at home alone or with family

• Challenges – activities that have a competitive aspect to them

• For-Youth-By-Youth – activities that youth have created and curated for each other

• Gaming – interactive, game-like activities

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