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DePaul University

Exposure to College and Industry

Springboard's partnership with DePaul University since the summer of 2016 has introduced over 70 CHA high school students to college and career options in business, entrepreneurship and the arts.

The Program in Documentary Filmmaking prepares at DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts prepares young women to become future filmmakers in documentary production and introduces them to the basic theory, aesthetic and technical skills required to create a documentary.  Films created to date have touched upon issues such as bullying, teen pregnancy, neighborhood violence, LGBTQ issues, and homelessness.  Several have been shown at film festivals and have won jury awards.

The Graphic & Game Design program at DePaul's School of Design prepares CHA youth to become future creators of experiential media.  Youth explore design tools that include journaling, interactive fiction, digital painting, digital audio, 2D animation, and bring them together to use their voice and experiences to explore topics for creative expression.

Movie and TV Scripts, a screenwriting program in DePaul's School of Cinematic Arts, provides CHA youth with the skills to write screenplays designed for television or digital streaming platforms.  Topics covered include screenplay format, visual writing style, scene craft, story structure, character development, and dialogue.  Youth pitch story ideas for an original short script and as a group, develop two screenplays.  The program culminates in students from the School of Theatre conducting a table read of the scripts.

You can get a behind the scenes look at all three programs in this video.

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Smart Museum at the University of Chicago

Exposure to College and Industry

In partnership with the Smart Museum of Art, CHA youth have immersed themselves in the collections of the museum, curated their own exhibit on issues relating to slavery, segregation, and stereotypes, and hosted tours for other teen groups. 


In 2018 as part of the Hammer, Meet Nail: Design Into Action program, CHA youth worked to revitalize the long abandoned Chalet in Washington Park in to a community arts space.  As part of this work, CHA youth engaged in a creative envisioning and design process that involved intensive research of the site and their personal place in the world.  This work will continue with a new group of CHA youth in subsequent summers.

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