Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago is an initiative that provides over 30,000 youth with employment and enrichment opportunities during the summer months. OSC offers summer employment to youth between the ages of 14 and 24, as well as a range of enrichment activities for children and youth of all ages, including camps, sports, arts, and recreation programs. Most programs are between 20 and 25 hours per week. Applications are being accepted from March 14th through May 15th at OneSummerChicago.org.
New this year, through the City's partnership with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the "One Summer Chicago 2017 Fund" crowdfunding page will for the first time enable the general public to support positive summer opportunities and safer communities through the OSC program. To enhance this year's One Summer Chicago experience, the Fund will focus on donations for four key areas: neighborhood beautification, college access, youth-led anti-violence initiatives and summer opportunities and supports.
Sponsorship ranges from financing work supplies and transportation for participants, to major community beautification projects, like murals and planters; donations can also support FAFSA workshops for students and families, and stipends for books for first-time college students. A top-tier donation can support an entire summer job to serve an additional youth in the program, and all donations made to the One Summer Chicago Fund will directly benefit the youth participants through added opportunities to contribute to their communities and build new skills. Sponsors can make a donation for the youth of Chicago at https://donate.mccormickfoundation.org/onesummerchicago.