Elevating Youth Voices

Amplify the voices of Chicago youth and empower the next generation of leaders of our city and world!

A fundraising campaign for Bright Promises Foundation

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!

Find out more and secure your spot here.

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

Announcing the

Elevating Youth Voices Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the youth leaders from:

Arab American Action Network
Yollocalli Youth Council of the National Museum of Mexican Art
Northwest Side Housing Center Belmont Cragin Youth Council
Storycatchers Theater
True Star Media

Thanks to your generous support of Bright Promises' Elevating Youth Voices campaign, we are able to invest in the amazing work being done by youth leaders across Metropolitan Chicago. We are very proud to announce that $10,000 grants will be made to each of these five organization to advance the work of Chicago youth leaders. Watch the youth-made videos below to learn more about the Elevating Youth Voices grant recipients.

This would not be possible without you! Thank you for donating!

Arab American Action Network
Youth Organizing Program

Arab American Action Network’s (AAAN) Youth Organizing Program fosters youth development through interactive programming led by teens themselves. AAAN will use their Elevating Youth Voices grant to support the Story Collection Project, which describes the effects of racial profiling.
National Museum of Mexican Art
Yollocalli Youth Council

Yollocalli Arts Reach, the youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, is a safe and nurturing environment that enables a progressive dialogue in urban and youth culture. The Yollocalli Youth Council will use their Elevating Youth Voices grant to host two teen nights and to provide the start-up capital for a new revenue generating project - Yollo Photo Booth.
Northwest Side Housing Center
Belmont Cragin Youth Council

The Belmont Cragin Youth Leadership Council helps youth whose families struggle financially, so they will use their Elevating Youth Voices grant to promote and provide safe transportation options for their peers, 90% of whom are residing in low-income households.

Storycatchers Theater
Chicago Police Dept. Collaboration

Storycatchers helps youth within the criminal justice system to change their lives and emerge successfully from court involvement. Storycatchers will use their Elevating Youth Voices grant to expand their ongoing project  with the Chicago Police Department, generating additional opportunities for youth-led engagement with recruits and veteran police officers.

For more information, visit www.brightpromises.org

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

Dear Friends,

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.

With gratitude,
Katherine Dreher Korey
Director of Development and Marketing
Bright Promises Foundation

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About the Organization

Bright Promises Foundation

Our mission is to create opportunities for all children, no matter their background, circumstance, or zip code, to have the opportunity to reach their full promise and potential.

We accomplish this by making multi-year grants and providing hands-on capacity-building assistance to organizations serving low-income children in Metropolitan Chicago. In addition to directly supporting work, we conduct rigorous evaluation and share knowledge among our partners and with the broader community including service providers, policymakers, and the public.

For more information and to get involved, please visit www.brightpromises.org