We are young people & we are changing our city.

Chicago Votes is a non-partisan, non-profit organization building a more inclusive democracy by putting power in the hands of young Chicagoans. We’re engaging and developing a new generation of leaders by opening the doors of government and politics to young people from all corners of the city. We’re changing laws to make Chicago and Illinois a better place to be young, and in the process we’re making democracy FUN.

Our 2021 Annual Report is here!

In 2021, Chicago Votes ran an extensive legislative campaign, produced and premiered Silenced, implemented a civics curriculum in Illinois prisons and juvenile facilities, ran leadership development programs, and more.

Read the full report to see all that we accomplished and our plans for the year ahead!

TALK THAT CIVICS TALK

These Tragedies
By Caleb Dunson Three mass shootings in 10 days. 32 dead. 213 …
Grief
By Yaz Tadross. Photo credit @hannahsbusy.
CONFRONTING THE PAST HELPS DRAW THE POISON 
By: Ojo Taiye Ojo Taiye is a young Nigerian who uses poetry …
4 Days Before Christmas
By Jordan Esparza In the beginning of December, my dad contacted our …

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Chicago Votes
PO Box 377820
Chicago, IL 60637-7751