Teens, Imagine Doing More!

If you didn’t already know it, Chicago is an awesome city. What’s more, it’s full of plans and opportunities that you can have a voice in and take action on. Learn more and be a part of positive change this summer with Imagine Doing More!, our Teen Summer Challenge.

Phases of Participation

Register for Imagine Doing More! online and/or in person at your local library. Pick up a summer booklet with more details and get involved June 1 to September 1.

Phase One: Investigate and Learn: Choose the environment you want to impact (Natural Environment; Neighborhood Environment or Social-Emotional Environment).

Phase Two: Action Plan: Choose one of four actions (Make a Personal Change, Create an Event, Design a Campaign or Develop a Project).

Phase Three: Take Action: Now it’s time to actually make a difference! Check in online and/or at your local library to assess and discuss what worked.

Phase Four: Report & Celebrate: Stop by your local library to find out how you can help plan or take part in end-of-summer community celebrations.

Not convinced there's something in it for you? Trust us, you’ll walk away from this experience with more than a service learning credit. This is an opportunity for you to take community action that matters. Pledge to reduce your carbon footprint, develop a blog, build a garden or create a photography exhibit; whatever your action, we want your ideas and solutions for improving the environment to be shared and celebrated. Beyond personal gratification and potential publication on our website, you could develop experience relevant for college or a job, plus you’ll make positive changes to the Chicago environment.

Summer Partners, Mini-Grant Projects and More

From summer partner programs to mini-grant projects, Incubation Day events and Imagine Doing More! workshops, there are hundreds of opportunities for you to meet other teens involved in making a positive difference, find encouragement and mentorship from librarians and partner organizations, and check out activities, resources and materials. Check out our teen events on the calendar now!

Social Media

Engage with us online @YOUmediaChicago. Also, be sure to include #ImagineAtCPL #CPLTeens when you share your thoughts about summer programs, your neighborhood, social-emotional and natural environment and actions you're taking to improve these!

Learn More

Chicago Public Library's 2018 Teen Summer Challenge: Imagine Doing More! is made possible through generous funding through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.