Comer Education Campus is anchored by Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer Middle School, and Gary Comer College Prep.

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Panelist & Speaker Registration

Please complete your registration by April 9, 2021.

Youth & Young Adult Registration

Green Career & Environmental Justice/Literacy sessions are open to high school students and young adults ages 14 to 24 only. All high school and young adult attendees must register in advance to receive access to Zoom links.

Earth Day Celebration Registration

Our Earth Day Celebration will be open to the public. All attendees must register by April 19, 2021, to receive access to Zoom links.

Virtual Booth Registration

Virtual Booth participants, please complete your registration by March 26, 2021.

Event Sponsorship

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Event Details

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Spring Forward Program

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Spring Forward Convening Overview

Explore the Spring Forward website for the latest updates. Visit virtual booths with resources and videos from a variety of environmental leaders, companies, schools, and initiatives.

Green Career Fair

Tuesday, April 20, 3-8 PM


Let's learn how the climate is changing, who is responsible, how we are impacted, who is working to change things, and how we can help. What are new career paths that help the environment? How can our future jobs, even if they are not green jobs, help the Earth? What can we do now to help the Earth?

Environmental Justice & Environmental Literacy

Wednesday, April 21, 3-8 PM


Let's promote environmental literacy by educating young people on environmental justice and how it affects their lives, and then give them the resources to use that knowledge.

Earth Day Celebration

Thursday, April 22, 3-8 PM (Main Event 5-7 PM)


Comer Education Campus youth highlight visual, performing, and cultural arts, STEM, and urban agriculture programs.

Event Sponsors

Thank you Spring Forward sponsors!

Big Questions

Comer youth have been thinking about what questions they hope to answer through our conversations. Here are the top-rated by Comer Crops Team.

  1. What is environmental justice to you, and why is it important?
  2. How does environmental injustice disproportionately affect lower-income and communities of color's quality of life?
  3. How can we engage with environmental justice on a personal and community level?
  4. Why does the government allow certain communities to experience environmental injustice?
  5. Where can I find information about environmental justice so that I can get involved?
  6. Can we implement environmental justice education in school? How and will it be worth it?
  7. How will our daily interactions with environmental injustice compound in the future?
  8. Are there careers in environmental justice?
  9. How much does a carbon sink ameliorate the negative effects of global warming?
  10. In communities where there are high rates of air/water pollution and energy consumption, who is responsible for it?
  11. What will the city/world look like if nothing is done??
  12. Who are the largest producers of air and water pollution in Chicago? Which communities proportionally consume the most energy? Which businesses consume the most energy?
  13. How can you get involved in environmental justice?
  14. What policies can policymakers implement that end food insecurity?

Meet Your Hosts

Learn more about Gary Comer Youth Center on Comer Education Campus

Comer Education Campus is a unique organization serving youth and their families on Chicago's South Side. Through a holistic approach that fosters curiosity, the campus is helping prepare young people for futures as well-rounded, global citizens.

You can get involved! Throughout the pandemic, volunteers and mentors have found innovative ways to connect through virtual sessions, participating in Career Day, and offering future opportunities for youth internships and to explore beyond the city of Chicago. Comer youth have traveled to Yellowstone National Park and have joined field expeditions to Mongolia and China. Young people recognize climate change and environmental justice as issues that deeply affect their communities and their futures and they are excited to learn more. We welcome your ideas.

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