Experience CivicWeek Serve Communities. Build Leadership skills. Make a difference.

CivicWeek is a service-learning immersion program of the Civic Education Project at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development.

CivicWeek provides hands-on learning opportunities for students in grades 7-8 and 9-12.

Chicago becomes a classroom as students engage in meaningful service, meetings with top professionals and community leaders, and hands-on learning in a fun and supportive living-learning community.

Make a Difference

Engage in meaningful, eye-opening service each day. Projects range from serving a meal to the hungry, to running activities at a youth center, to conducting outreach for a neighborhood association.

Sort food donations and assist community members with grocery shopping at Lakeview Pantry

Prepare and serve lunch at Two Li'l Fishes for families experiencing homelessness.

Provide homework help for children at a Chicago Youth Centers after-school program.

Learn about healthy food and healthy communities by gardening with Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden.

"I learned anyone, no matter their age, is capable of making a difference." -CivicWeek Student

Explore Careers

Gain hands-on experience with community issues. Meet with government, business, and nonprofit leaders at the top of their fields and get behind-the-scenes access to career fields of interest. Gain rich material for college admissions essays, job and internship interviews, and future academic endeavors.

Meet with a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to discuss health care from the perspective of a practicing medical professional.

Learn how lawyers advocate for immigrant children from staff at the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights.

Visit Lawndale Christian Health Center for an introductory workshop on public health issues facing low-income communities.

Attend a workshop on immigration policy and advocacy hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

"I learned about real world issues and how we can help solve them." -CivicWeek Student

Develop Leadership

Sharpen communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Broaden your perspective on the world through learning and dialogue with peers, staff, and community leaders.

Experience City Life

Live in community at a top-rated Chicago hostel in the heart of the city. Prepare and share meals as a group, and navigate the city like a local on public transit.

"I grew so much as a person and am so proud of who I am becoming." -CivicWeek Student

Build Community

Connect with diverse, like-minded peers from across the country in an enriching living-learning community. Build strong and lasting friendships.

"I felt an incredible sense of community and respect." -CivicWeek Student
"I enjoyed being with like-minded kids who wanted to make an impact on the world." -CivicWeek Student

A Day at CivicWeek

Become Inspired

CivicWeek staff are a talented group of educators brought together by their commmitment to teaching young people about civic engagement and social responsibility.

CivicWeek alumni consistently report that one of the best aspects of the program is the quality of the staff team.

"There are life lessons that can only be taught in certain environments. This is one of those places." -CivicWeek Student

Applications are now open. Join us in 2020!