What is One Summer Chicago?

One Summer Chicago is a summer jobs program that provides job training and experience, mentoring, and social-emotional learning to youth in Chicago. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, The Black Star Project was a part of the city-wide One Summer Chicago Plus youth employment program, funded by the Department of Family Support Services. Through this program, The Black Star Project has placed 200 young men in job sites across the city, given them intensive mentoring and guidance from a team of mentors, and trained them in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and job skills.

What are the young men saying about the program?

"When I got my first check with my name on it, it made me feel like somebody."

"I hope to start a program like this one day."

"This program gives me something constructive to do, other than being in the streets."

"I learned how to be responsible and achieve my goals."

"It made me believe that many things are possible."

I am interested in being part of One Summer Chicago. How do I apply?

The application process typically opens in April. More details will be provided as they become available. 

Who do I contact with any questions about this program?

For additional questions, please call 773-285-9600.


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