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Summer Service & Justice Programs

Theology of Healing Earth in Action Institute

The Theology of Healing Earth in Action (THEA) Institute is an innovative weeklong program at Loyola, dedicated to environmental sustainability and theology. The THEA institute offers high school students the opportunity to lean about environmental justice and grow in their spirituality at one of the greenest campuses of the nation. Participants are asked to research the environmental considerations of a specific body of water to synthesize what they have learned about science, ethics, and spirituality. Participants will creatively present their research during the institute's closing ceremony. During June.


Province Scholars 2020

Chicago Jesuit Academy (CJA) will be offers a highly selective program to students from Jesuit high schools in Chicago. CJA offers young men with educational and economic needs access to a Catholic, college preparatory middle and elementary school education in the Jesuit tradition. Through this opportunity, Province Scholars will receive hands-on training, contemplate possible careers in education and gain first-hand experience serving middle school students in need of additional academic support. There will be a meeting with the directors and applications open during second semester.


Summer Service at the Farms

Nazareth Farm, Bethlehem Farm, and Jerusalem Farm are Catholic communities in rural West Virginia and Missouri, respectively, that transform lives through a service-retreat experience. They are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. They serve alongside neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair. In this 1 - week immersion you will be able to live simply and share your time with those that are in need of help. Cristo Rey has participated in these trip for over 10 years! Become part of the tradition. Applications open during second semester.

LVEJO’s Youth Leadership Program

The mission of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) is to organize within our community to accomplish environmental justice in Little Village and achieve the self-determination of immigrant, low-income, and working-class families. LVEJO has been organizing in the Little Village neighborhood for the past 25 years.
Our vision is to build a sustainable community that promotes the healthy development of youth and families, provides economic justice, and practices participatory democracy and self-determination.
A lot of LVEJO’s success can be attributed to the young people that have worked together on environmental issues in Little Village. We hope to provide a comfortable work space for you to grow and become more aware of issues in your community.


Field Museum Summer Interns

We love sharing our passion for science and natural history with future leaders in the field. We offer two programs that invite qualified high schoolers—from rising freshmen to students about to begin senior year—to spend their summers learning and sharing with visitors.
Teen volunteers bring the Field Museum to life for visitors of all ages.
Teens must commit to volunteer at least 10 days throughout the summer to successfully complete the program and qualify to apply for future year-round volunteering.


Museum of Science and Industry Science Minors Program

Science Minors attend 10 weeks of science education and training, then volunteer to conduct interactive science experiments for Museum guests. Students must be ages 14 to 18 to participate. There is no charge for this program. We offer three sessions during the school year: fall, winter and spring. Each 10-week session meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.


Chicago Freedom School

Create a world you never thought possible.

Calling all young people ages 14 – 17 who identify as Black, Latina/o, Asian, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, mixed-race, and/or people of color…

Are you interested in Social Justice?
Are you interested in making a positive change in your community?
Do you want to build new friendships and family with your age?
Do you want to develop your voice, power and skills to dismantle injustice?

Click here to learn more.

Teen Service Week
Founded on four pillars: Community, Prayer, Service, and Simple Living, Teen Service Week is a transformative experience for teenagers. A seven day Catholic retreat opportunity that occurs each summer in Chicago, Teen Service Week is sponsored by 8th Day Center for Justice.

First year participants will join a Level One team that will engage in direct service. As the media bombards us with serious problems occurring throughout the world, it is hard to not feel overwhelmed or powerless. You will explore the call to take a stand for justice regardless. You will learn about the need around us and how you can make a difference in your community.

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Student Leaders Program
Every year, through our Student Leaders program we help connect 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. They’re awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Clubs of America and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.Student Leaders is part of our ongoing commitment to preparing young people for a brighter future. If you or someone you know have a passion for improving the community, we hope you'll consider applying.

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Summer Youth Leadership Institute
Pilsen Alliance is a social justice organization committed to developing grassroots leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working class, immigrant communities in Chicago’s Lower West Side. We work for quality public education, affordable housing, government accountability and healthy communities.

The Summer Leadership Institute is open to student leaders interested in social justice, activism, and leadership.

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Notre Dame Vision
Notre Dame Vision is a series of 5-day conferences that includes dynamic large group experiences, reflective small group time, profound liturgies, and excellent music. Here, 70 of our own college students will lead you in an exploration of God’s call and the ways in which you can respond to this call with your own gifts. You will have a chance to immerse yourself in the spiritually and communally rich environment of the University. You will benefit from some of the best speakers from across campus and across the country whose stories, witness, and humor will challenge you to expand your imagination and deepen your faith.

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Ignite 2020

More information to follow.