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.



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.