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Featured Service Projects

The Field Museum

The Teens @ The Field program allows teens from the Chicago-land area aged 13-19 years old to learn more about the Museumís core disciplines and gain leadership skills by facilitating live demonstrations and interactive experiences for Museum guests. From guiding dissections of owl pellets to explaining the hieroglyphic writing system of ancient Egyptians, teen volunteers emphasize the diversity of living things and vibrant cultures around the world.

The program has helped young people connect with the global audience The Field Museum attracts every summer, and teens have often registered their service to our guests as the service-learning hours required by their schools, honor societies and other clubs.

North Shore School District

Created Disability Awareness Month for the month of March with over 800 students. Students designed numerous month long activities to combat misperceptions of students living with disabilities. Students put this learning into action and began an ongoing service project with residents at the Center for Enriched Living.

Pathways Community Organization

Studied the civil rights movement, including Cesar Chavez, to construct an oral history of the movement. This oral history was then demonstrated in a "Freedom Quilt", to represent the stories they learned of the movement and to be a part of a freedom memorial.

McKinley Park Elementary

Constructed a 20-by-33-foot replica of Tenochtitlan, the capitol of the Aztec Empire. 100 students from 6th, 7th and 8th grade created this ancient city as it stood in 1520 with the help of their parents and teachers.

Macon County Teen Reach

Launched a service project with the Cesar Chavez service-learning model called "Eight. Beginning a New Season: Health., Hope and Happiness for Illinois youth living with HIV/AIDS" Students implemented a public awareness campaign on HIV/ AIDS with a goal to reach 10,000 students.

Dundee Crown High School

Restored Raceway Woods and the Fox Rover in Carpentersville to ensure that these natural resources will be available for future generations.

Instituto del Progreso Latino

Students participated in neighborhood clean-up; collected non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository during a two week long food drive; performed in an open-mic poetry tribute in honor of Cesar E. Chavez with a college bridge program.

St. Ann Catholic School

5th grade students worked with migrant farm workers from Michigan to learn more about migrant farm work. Student used these lesson to launch a beautification and cultivation project in the community. 

The Park School

A group of special education students embarked upon a school wide food drive for a local school pantry. Students utilized a letter writing and public awareness campaign to get other students involved in the drive.