Empowering youth begins with one gift, yours.
Give Kids a Voice. Give Kids a Chance.
[SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT]: In partnership with Better (formerly Make It Better), all donations to Bright Promises will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000! The Elevating Youth Voices campaign has been extended two weeks to Tuesday, October 15 so that you can take advantage of this opportunity to double your impact.
You can make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of young people. The Elevating Youth Voices crowdfunding campaign supports local Chicago youth leaders who have taken action to address an issue in their community. These youth leaders have great ideas, a strong voice, and they are committed to working hard to make their communities stronger and safer. But they cannot do it alone.
These deserving youth leaders need your help! Your gift to the Elevating Your Voices crowdfunding campaign will go directly to helping youth from five organizations who have demonstrated outstanding impact and potential.
With just one donation to the Elevating Youth Voices crowdfunding campaign...
- You can help Arab American youth combat the negative impact of racial profiling.
- You can help low-income youth from Belmont-Cragin have access to safe transportation to and from school, after-school programs, and home.
- You can help youth struggling with mental health issues create a series of podcasts and videos for other youth about how to cope with mental illness in healthy ways.
- You can help formerly court-involved youth lead empathy workshops with new Chicago Police Department recruits.
- You can help Latinx youth entrepreneurs from Pilsen launch their own photo booth business to support teen programs at the National Museum of Mexican Art.
... All at the same time! You only have to give once to make a difference in the lives of all of these youth leaders. When we come together, each of our small actions has a big collective impact that can change lives!
Join us for the presentation of the Elevating Youth Voices grants at the 150th Anniversary Awards celebration on Tuesday, October 15!
A Special Thank You!
November 22, 2019
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thank you so much for your generous contribution to support the Elevating Youth Voices Crowdfunding Campaign. Thanks to your generous support, throughout 2019 Bright Promises Foundation was able to provide a platform to more than 30 youth-led organizations to share their work with each other and the broader community, and award direct financial support to 5 of these outstanding organizations to continue to support and grow their youth-led programs.
We could not have done this without you. Thank you!
To show our gratitude for you, we will be drawing three names to receive a special donor appreciation gift. Check your email later today to see if you are one of the lucky winners!
Thank you for giving the gift of opportunity. Thank you for giving the gift of hope. Thank you for giving Chicago kids a chance!
Check out this video recapping the year-long Elevating Youth Voices initiative to see the impact of your generous support!
[Special Announcement] 5 Organizations Receive $10,000 Grants to Support Chicago Youth Leaders
August 22, 2019
100 Days to Change Thousands of Lives - Elevating Youth Voices Crowdfunding Campaign Update
June 20, 2019
With 100 days to go, we are nearly 30% of the way to our goal to raise $10,000 to invest in Chicago youth leaders!
Thank you!! We are so grateful for your support of Chicago's youth leaders and the Elevating Youth Voices crowdfunding campaign. We would not be here without your generosity!
Recently, on Saturday, June 1 over 100 youth leaders from across Chicagoland came together for the Elevating Youth Voices Fair, a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of the next generation of leaders of our city and our world, hosted in celebration of Bright Promises Foundation’s 150th Anniversary.
At the Elevating Youth Voices Fair, youth leaders shared how they are working to improve their communities through interactive displays and performances. For the youth leaders who participated in the Elevating Youth Voices Fair, the experience was both fun and valuable. Youth leaders made new connections and met other youth who are also working hard to make their communities stronger and safer.
“Watching all the performances and interacting with the other organizations was an extremely fun and eye-opening time and I look forward to further collaborations. Thank you for this opportunity!” - Fair Participant
For the hundreds of community members who attended the Elevating Youth Voices Fair, the experience was also inspirational and motivational. “I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time worried about issues like gun violence and climate change, and generally feeling like the future has the potential to be a dark and scary place,” John-Michael, a fair volunteer shared; “After seeing so many youth-led organizations today and listening to what they have to say, I’m way less worried about what’s coming, and more interested in giving kids more power TODAY. We don’t have to wait for the next generation of artists and activists to grow up—they’re already out there working. Instead, it’s our responsibility as adults to keep lifting them up and creating spaces for them to thrive.”
Your generous support helped make this event possible. Thank you for helping to lift up and celebrate our youth leaders! For more information about upcoming 150th anniversary events, visit www.brightpromises.org
A Special Invitation + Elevating Youth Voices Crowdfunding Update
May 21, 2019
We are excited to share that thanks to your generous support, less than a week after publically launching the Elevating Youth Voices Crowdfunding Campaign, we are already 15% of the way to our goal! Thanks to you, we are on our way to raising $10,000 to invest in the next generation of our city and our world.
Thank you so much for believing in the bright promise in every young person, and for making your gift to support youth leaders from across Metropolitan Chicago.
We invite to come and meet the young people who are impacted by your generous donation at the Elevating Youth Voices Fair on Saturday, June 1 from 12p-3p at the Columbia College Conaway Center in the South Loop (1104 S. Wabash). This event is free, family-friendly, and you can drop in at any time during the event to check out interactive displays from 24 organizations and a variety of youth performances on the main stage. I hope you can join us!
Thank you again for your support. We look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.
Katherine Dreher Korey
Director of Development and Marketing
Bright Promises Foundation