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

Summer 2021 Youth Employment


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Upcoming Opportunities & Application Instructions

Read the following instructions THOROUGHLY to learn how to apply to this summer’s 2021 youth employment opportunities at the Gary Comer Youth Center. There are multiple steps for each age group and opportunity, please read everything carefully. Step 1 applies to all ages. All youth must complete step 1.

STEP 1: Youth Employment Profile (For All Ages)

All youth from the ages 14 to 24 interested in GCYC Summer 2021 employment opportunities, must first complete a Youth Employment Profile.


STEP 2: FOR AGES 14-15

After School Matters

For youth aged 14-15, going into 9th grade, who are ONLY interested in After School Matters (ASM) Leaps & Bounds – High School Transition and Readiness:

  1. Submit an application here.
  2. Start a new or edit an existing SUMMER application.
  3. While completing the application, please make sure to do the following: on page 2, ‘Choose A Program’, scroll down to choose: Leaps and Bounds.

Youth Age 15, interested in:

  • SYGS: Sound Engineering - ONSITE

  • Art: Visual Arts – VIRTUAL

  • Free Spirit Media: Journalism & Videography – VIRTUAL

  • Peacemakers 2: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL

  • Peacemakers 1: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL

  • Video Game Creation & Design – ONSITE

  1. Submit an application here.
  2. Start a new or edit an existing SUMMER application.
  3. While completing the application, please make sure to do the following: on page 2, ‘Choose A Program’, scroll down to choose up to 3 of any of the following program(s) based on your interest:
  • SYGS: Sound Engineering - ONSITE
  • Art: Visual Arts – VIRTUAL
  • Free Spirit Media: Journalism & Videography – VIRTUAL
  • Peacemakers 2: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Peacemakers 1: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Video Game Creation & Design – ONSITE

GCYC Chicagobility

For youth aged 14-15 who are interested in Civic Engagement, Green Careers, Sound Engineering, or Career/Entrepreneurship:

  1. Submit application here.
  2. Create or Login to account.
  3. While completing the application, please make sure to do the following on page 4:
  • Question: ‘Please select the organization(s) that you are interested in working with this summer.’ Choose ‘Chicago Dept of Family & Support Services’

AND

  • Question: ‘Is there a particular agency you want to work with?’ Choose ‘Gary Comer Youth Center’

Green Teens

For youth in 10th-12th grades, who are interested in urban agriculture and gardening:

  1. Submit an application here.
  2. Complete and submit.


STEP 2: FOR AGES 16-17

After School Matters

For youth aged 16-17, interested in:

  • SYGS: Sound Engineering - ONSITE 
  • Art: Visual Arts – VIRTUAL 
  • Video Game Creation & Design – ONSITE
  • Peacemakers 1: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Peacemakers 2: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Free Spirit Media: Journalism & Videography – VIRTUAL 
  • Internship: Youth Development/Administration/Personal Assistant - ONSITE
  1. Submit an application here.
  2. Start a new or edit an existing SUMMER application.
  3. While completing the application, please make sure to do the following: on page 2, ‘Choose A Program’, scroll down to choose up to 3 of any of the following program(s) based on your interest:
  • SYGS: Sound Engineering - ONSITE 
  • Art: Visual Arts – VIRTUAL 
  • Video Game Creation & Design – ONSITE
  • Peacemakers 1: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Peacemakers 2: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Free Spirit Media: Journalism & Videography – VIRTUAL 
  • Internship: Youth Development/Administration/Personal Assistant - ONSITE

One Summer Chicago - GCYC Interns or Camp Counselors

For youth aged 16-17 who are interested in:

  • Internship: Youth Development/Administration - HYBRID
  1. Go to One Summer Chicago.
  2. Create or Login to account.
  3. While completing the application, please make sure to do the following on page 4:
  • Question: ‘Please select the organization(s) that you are interested in working with this summer.’ Choose ‘Chicago Dept of Family & Support Services’
  • Question: ‘Is there a particular agency you want to work with?’ Choose ‘Metropolitan Family Services’

Green Teens

For youth age 16-17 who are also high school sophomores, juniors or seniors, and interested in urban agriculture and gardening:

  1. Submit an application here.
  2. Complete and submit.


STEP 2: FOR AGES 18-24

After School Matters

For youth aged 18 AND who are a high school student or a 2020 graduate interested in:

  • SYGS: Sound Engineering - ONSITE
  • Art: Visual Arts – VIRTUAL
  • Video Game Creation & Design – ONSITE
  • Peacemakers 1: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Peacemakers 2: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Free Spirit Media: Journalism & Videography – VIRTUAL
  • Internship: Youth Development/Administration/Personal Assistant/Camp Counselor - ONSITE
  1. Submit an application here.
  2. Start a new or edit an existing SUMMER application.
  3. While completing the application, please make sure to do the following: on page 2, ‘Choose A Program’, scroll down to choose up to 3 of any of the following program(s) based on your interest:
  • SYGS: Sound Engineering - ONSITE
  • Art: Visual Arts – VIRTUAL
  • Video Game Creation & Design – ONSITE
  • Peacemakers 1: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Peacemakers 2: Community Engagement, Non-Violence) – VIRTUAL
  • Free Spirit Media: Journalism & Videography – VIRTUAL
  • Internship: Youth Development/Administration/Personal Assistant/Camp Counselor - ONSITE

One Summer Chicago - GCYC Press Team, Green Teen Grad, Camp Counselor

For youth aged 18-24 who are interested in:

Internship: Youth Development/Administration – HYBRID OR ONSITE (To Be Determined)
Camp Counselor – HYBRID OR ONSITE (To Be Determined)
  1. Go to One Summer Chicago.
  2. Create or Login to account.
  3. While completing the application, please make sure to do the following on page 4:
  • Question: ‘Please select the organization(s) that you are interested in working with this summer.’ Choose ‘Chicago Dept of Family & Support Services’
  • Question: ‘Is there a particular agency you want to work with?’ Choose ‘Metropolitan Family Services’

Green Teens

For youth age 18 who are also high school sophomores, juniors or seniors, and interested in urban agriculture and gardening:

  1. Submit an application here.
  2. Complete and submit.

Culinary Worker, Delivery Driver or Comer Crops Crew

For youth age 18+ who are interested in culinary, food services, delivery driver, or urban agriculture:

  1. Submit an application here.
  2. Complete and submit.

ASM Peacemakers Assistant Instructor

For youth age 18 who are interested in becoming an assistant to an instructor for the After School Matters Peacemakers (Community Engagement) program:

Please e-mail Fredricka Holloway or Chris Krypel with the following:

  1. E-mail Subject: Application to ASM Peacemakers Assistant Inquiry
  2. In body of the e-mail introduce yourself and include a paragraph about why you are interested in the position and your relevant experience.
  3. Attach your resume to the e-mail.

Other Opportunities & Information

Please e-mail Fredricka Holloway.


Summer Academic Programs (Not Employment)

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a College Preparation Program for rising sophomores through seniors. Participants will engage with English, Math, SAT Prep, STEM Exploration, College Counseling, and a weeklong college tour to Atlanta. Interested students will also be able to take a Dual Credit course with Kennedy King College.

  1. Submit an application here.
  2. Complete and submit.


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