Leaders & Innovators

The Civic Life Vision

We commit to building democratic systems and structures within schools, classrooms, and district offices that cultivate a shared purpose and build bonds of trust. Elevating youth and educator expertise is necessary for true inclusive partnerships and equitable decision-making. We wish to recognize and celebrate the time and contributions the following youth and educator groups have committed towards civic life.

SSCE Leaders & Innovators

Below are the SY21-22 Leaders and Innovators in student voice, social science, and civic learning.

Meet the Leaders and Innovators


Student Voice and Activism Fellows (SVAF)

Student Voice and Activism Fellows (SVAF) is a team of student leaders working to strengthen youth-adult partnerships across the district.

CIMBY Student Leadership Program

CIMBY Student Leaders meet twice a week for one hour, and once a month for three hours to dig into environmental justice, sustainability and stewardship in Chicago and beyond.

Teachers and Admin

Democratic Classrooms PLC

The Democratic Classrooms Professional Learning Community is a new leadership opportunity within CPS available to all teachers.

Participatory Budgeting Schools

PB is a process in which community members decide how to spend part of a budget through an inclusive, democratic process. Meet the schools who are participating.