Summer, service & leadership 

8th grade students spend the summer changing their communities; preparing for high school.

September 14, 2009

Many CPS students spent their summer vacations preparing for their first year of high school through the Summer of Service and Leadership program.


This program was offered for five weeks, at 18 high schools across the District. Students engaged in several service projects including community mapping, teambuilding, and leadership development activities.


Learning how to work well with others


During the final three weeks of the program, students chose a service project using the Project Citizen curriculum as a guide. The project was designed to introduce students to policy aspects of their service project and to move toward an action plan on their chosen issue.


Groups of 25 students gathered at 18 high schools to work on a service project with their peers. It is this collaboration that would help outgoing 8th graders transition to their new high schools both smoothly and effectively. Through this collaboration, it is expected that eighth graders will develop leadership skills, and get a chance to serve their community.


Once the initiative was complete, students from all 18 schools gathered at the University of Chicago for a culminating event where all groups shared their service work over the summer.


New students will also be able to earn all of the required service learning hours needed for graduation while becoming more familiar with their high school and community.


Although this is not a yearly program, service-learning opportunities are offered year-round. All students who are interested in this program may sign up through their high schools.


Learn more about service-learning.