Chicago Votes has integrated a creative network, the Give A Sh*t Collective, to operate as a hub for creatives to rethink how we engage young Chicagoans in the political process. The Collective is made up of a diverse set of young creatives in Chicago, including fashion designers, musicians, artists, poets, videographers, and more. Membership gives you access to exclusive paid opportunities.
Each month, we open up our office to artists to share space and craft alongside and in community with one another. We call it C Space. Light refreshments are provided! The next C Spaces are Friday, July 21st, Friday, August 18th, and Friday, September 15th from 7-9pm. RSVP for office location!
Sh*t Talkin’ Central is an online hub for blog posts, video content, trainings, and more. Chicago Votes is specifically looking for Chicago-based stories to publish on Sh*t Talkin' Central. We want to pay young Chicagoans to talk about Chicago issues, art, people, and movements. Fill out this form with your story/article/blog post/poem and we'll let you know if we will add it to Sh*t Talkin' Central. Selected writers will be paid $100.
Chicago Votes has been coordinating voter registration drives in the Cook County Jail since September 2017 registering over 5,000 new voters. Volunteers enter the jail every second Sunday of the month to register community members in pretrial detention. Chicago Votes also works with our partners to support the elections process in the jail. With the passage of Senate Bill 2090, the Cook County Jail became the first jail in the country to become a polling place during the 2020 Illinois Primary Elections.
Judges are elected officials who greatly impact many of our lives–with few voters participating in judicial elections. In partnership with Illinois Alliance for Reentry and Justice, we are placing community members in Cook County Criminal Court to observe judges and identify patterns of misconduct.
Chicago Votes meets young people where they're at–and we know during summertime Chi, young people are OUTSIDE! This summer, we will be setting up a cute little tent at festivals and block parties. Engage with community members and connect them to Chicago Votes resources and programming!