July and August marked the inaugural Civic Innovation Summer, an experimental summer jobs program for teens focused on civics, media, and technology. The program, funded in part by MacArthur through the Smart Chicago Collaborative, included more than 140 Chicago teens being trained to use the latest digital tools to amplify their voices and take positive civic action using open data. The youth worked in groups focused on themes including juvenile justice, youth health and wellness, and improving school culture. A report released by the program details highlights from the summer’s curriculum, including in-depth sessions on coding HTML, an exposure to digital start-ups, and visits from inspiring guest speakers from the digital media and entrepreneurship fields.
Community & Economic Development
MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports neighborhood revitalization, prevention of youth violence, and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is also exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.