An invitation to offer programming for youth 16-24

Emerge, Elevate and Empower (E3) is a new youth outreach initiative that leverages the power of storytelling in group workshops for youth aged 16-24. E3 Circles are led by mental health first aid trained facilitators skilled in trauma informed and restorative practices. They serve as caring mentors who support Authors’ creative and emotional work in Circle and form deep, meaningful relationships with Authors that continue long after the conclusion of Circles.

E3 exists to give young people a space for reflection, connection and creation. We strive to foster an environment for youth to feel brave enough to be seen and heard while also providing vital mentorship. We also seek to support relationship building that encourages participants to become thriving members in their communities.

Phase 1: Light Touch Circles and Mentoring

8 weeks of workshops, twice a week at 2240 S Michigan Ave focused on storytelling, building connections and strengthening social emotional skills through reading, writing, discussion and artmaking

Community advocate support and mentoring

Culminating final event with certificate of participation

Field Trip

Phase 2: Continuing Engagement in ConTextos Community

Saturdays at ConTextos (art and creative writing space)

ConTextos community events

Individualized support, resources and advocacy

Youth “drop in” space at 2240 S Michigan

For more information about this program, please email our community advocates:

[email protected] or [email protected]