Meet Our Leaders
We are developing the next generation of policy makers, organizers, elected officials, and leaders through our DemocracyCorps Fellowship, Internship programs, Civic Leadership Program, and Brian Sleet Memorial Fellowship. Since our start, we have developed over 200 young people–building their organizing skills and immersing them in civic processes.
Civic Leadership Program
At Chicago Votes, we strongly believe the people most impacted should be leading the work––and our Unlock Civics program is no exception. The Chicago Votes’ Civic Leadership program is designed for people who have been incarcerated in the U.S., specifically in Illinois. Through direct organizing work, participants develop skills in organizing people outside of prison and supporting organizers on the inside, the Illinois legislative process, and adding a critical perspective around the American legal system.
Meet Our Civic Leaders
Civic Leader Manager
Jail & Prison Programs Leader
Court Watching Leader
Brian Sleet Fellowship
The Brian Sleet Memorial Fellowship for Leadership and Advocacy is a scholarship program that provides funding to young, African American, civic leaders to carry on the legacy of Chicago Votes’ founding board member, Brian Sleet. Brian passed away on December 26th, 2018. His untimely passing inspired his loved ones to create a memorial scholarship fund to honor Sleet’s commitment to social justice and youth political empowerment.
Our DemocracyCorps Fellowship develops young organizers from communities across Chicago to be the change they want to see. The program seeks to increase civic participation amongst young people by giving them the tools to organize their communities. Young people leading Chicago to a better future is what it’s all about!
Inaugural Sleet Fellow
Caleb is a Whitney Young High School graduate and a first year student at Yale University studying Ethics, Politics, & Economics and Computer Science. Caleb has a passion for social entrepreneurship and increasing civic engagement among young people. Caleb’s leadership experience includes being Junior Class President, where he worked to increase civic engagement, create equity, and build community through several initiatives. In this role, Caleb also organized a debate for the 2019 mayoral election, the first student-organized mayoral debate in school history!
Our 2021 Interns
Judicial Accountability Intern