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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Media & Communications, Youth Development

Mission: Street-Level Youth Media educates Chicago''s urban youth in media arts and emerging technologies for use in self-expression, communication, and social change. Street-Level''s programs build critical thinking skills for young people who have been historically neglected by public policy makers and mass media.Using video and audio production, computer art and the Internet, Street-Level''s youth address community issues, access advanced communication technology and gain inclusion in our information-based society.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200+

Programs: Street-Level annually reaches 1,000 youth age 8 to 22 at multiple locations throughout the city of Chicago. Its primary program site, a multimedia center called Neutral Ground in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, is open five days a week and serves as an open access computer center, media workshop space, and a community screening venue and gallery. In addition, Street-Level partners with the Chicago Public Schools, cultural institutions, and other community-based organizations and youth providers to deliver collaborative programs at their sites.

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Rating: 5

Media LIteracy is one of the most critical skills in navigating the creative and business workplace! That Street-Level offers FREE workshops and skills training to kids who don't have access to the latest equipment or personal training puts them on the top of my Chicago non-profit list. They've been doing this for nearly 20 years, and have grown smartly without losing sight of their most valuable audience... the youth! If you care about amplifying the voice of kids in your neighborhood, by donating money, equipment, or by hosting a fundraiser, or teaching a workshop, definitely get in touch!