We bring students, educators, mentors and community members together to create a more sustainable future for their neighborhoods.

The Nature Museum, Illinois Green Alliance, and Civic ArtWorks invite you to apply for 2018 EPIC Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge, a program for CPS high school science and social studies teachers and their students. Student teams investigate local sustainability issues and community needs, receive in-person and online mentorship from Illinois Green Alliance professionals, and develop community-focused sustainability campaigns. In partnership with the CPS Office of Social Science & Civic Engagement, the EPIC Challenge is designed to be implemented by science or social studies teachers as a classroom-integrated service learning project. Teachers can also choose to integrate the EPIC Challenge into an existing club or other after-school context.

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TEACHER professional development

Professional development workshops will be provided for teachers that address sustainability issues and strategies, community outreach and civic engagement best practices, and the EPIC Challenge criteria.

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mentorship

Young professionals will work directly with teachers and students to support their campaigns through feedback and sharing of best practices and real-life experiences.

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community engagement

A digital platform will be provided to host student sustainability campaigns. Students will use this tool to engage with their community and initiate conversations focused on their ideas.