Parent & Youth Outreach

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Summer Teen Literacy Coach Program

Summer 2021

  • UIC Summer Youth Programming will not be available this SUMMER 2021. We hope to return in SUMMER 2022

Summer 2020

Dear Potential Teen Literacy Coach,

Let’s be ready to earn and learn after the quarantine. The links below will help you complete the preliminary application process.

1. Read this information to become familiar with our special training opportunity.

Are you interested in joining our Make Good Lab (MGL) as a part of your work experience? The Make Good Lab (MGL) is a maker space and digital media production studio.

You will learn digital media production such as:

  • Beat-Making
  • Music Production
  • Podcasting
  • Videography
  • Spoken Word
  • Poetry, Drama, and Digital Animation.

If you choose to participate, you’ll have an opportunity to come to the UIC College of Education MGL during your employment as part of your teen literacy coachwork schedule.  At the MGL, you’ll also have a chance to use the tools to tell stories that matter to you. You could create a podcast, film and edit video, create stop-motion animation, and record and produce music.

Workshops will take place every Friday during your employment in the Make Good Lab from 9 am-1 pm. Snacks will be provided! Please complete the MGL section on your application.

2.  Get your Ward Address at the link below before you complete the application and write down your Ward number before you start your application.

Ward Finder Link- Click Here

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3. Complete The Electronic Teen Application.

Teens completing this application will be first interviewed.

Teen Application Link 2020- Click Here

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Application Deadline: June 1, 2020 (APPLICATION PERIOD HAS ENDED)

We hope you will stay home, do your school assignments, eat right and exercise

We are excited to get this process started!



When it comes to learning, parents are often the first and most important teachers in their children’s lives. Your children will look to you to help them develop the skills necessary to be successful in life. In order to help them achieve their goals, our staff wants to help you take the first steps to achieve your goals.

Parent & Youth Outreach provides workshops and special events for parents at their child’s Early Head Start or Head Start sites. The activities are research-based and designed to help families transcend their current circumstances and build a better future not only for themselves but for their communities as a whole.

Free services for Parents and Caregivers responsible for a child in the early head start program

The Parent & Youth Outreach Program is a Center for Literacy initiative within the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Parent & Youth Outreach provides workshops, resources, and special events for Head Start families and community-based organizations. The Parent & Youth Outreach Programs are researched based programs designed to help Head Start families transcend their current circumstances and build a better future not only for their families but for their communities as a whole.

The mission of the Parent & Youth Outreach division is to strengthen families through financial literacy, family literacy and educational/employment readiness workshops. The goal of our organization is for parents to gain a new set of skills that will help them turn obstacles into opportunities. We do this through the following workshops and events:


Click on each link below to access the following resources:

Parent & Youth Outreach Program (PYO) Site

Google Map of 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.

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