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.


You can make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of young people. Through a full-year of special events and programs, the Elevating Youth Voices initiative supports local Metropolitan Chicago youth who are taking the lead to improve their communities, addressing issues like gun violence, youth homelessness, justice reform, and youth mental health.


You can break down the negative stereotypes about our youth. When you give, you are raising up the voices of thousands of smart, engaged, and creative young people, helping them make our communities stronger and safer. 


You can uplift youth in communities across Metropolitan Chicago
Your donation impacts youth at 24 organizations and 100% of  every dollar you give will be used to empower young people in Metropolitan Chicago to speak up and take action.


Raise money. Win prizes. Do good.

When you give...

  • You will get a personalized shout-out on Bright Promises' social media.
  • Your name will be listed on the big screen at the Elevating Youth Voices Fair in June and the 150th Anniversary Awards celebration in October.
  • You will be entered into our 150th anniversary donor appreciation raffle to win awesome prizes like museum passes and $100+ gift certificates to Downtown hot spots
  • When you make a gift of $150 or more, you will be recognized as a Champion of Youth Voices on stage at the 150th Anniversary Awards celebration on October 15.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers, including prizes for the person that raises the most money, the person that has the largest number of donors, and the person with the most shares on social media.

Start Fundraising and Make an Even Bigger Impact!

At the top of this page there is a button that says "Start Fundraising". Click on this button to quickly and easily set up your fundraising profile.

You can set your own goal and you will be provided with a digital fundraising toolkit and ongoing support from Bright Promises staff to help you reach your fundraising goal!


Don't want to fundraise? No problem! You can make your tax-deductible donation of any amount using the buttons above.

If we reach our goal, the Elevating Youth Voices crowdfunding campaign will fully fund one $10,000 Elevating Youth Voices grant, which will be presented at the 150th Anniversary Awards celebration on October 15.



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