About the program

Medill Media Teens program trains high school youth from Chicago’s under-resourced neighborhoods to become confident, tech-savvy multimedia journalists.  The program provides students from schools such as Gary Comer College Prep and Back of the Yards College Prep with a pathway for publishing and airing their stories.

Medill students coach teens on Saturdays during the school year. As a Media Teen, high schoolers experiment with video, audio, photography and website production at Medill’s downtown Chicago newsroom and on the streets of Chicago. Students report, write and publish multimedia stories, learning about multimedia journalism from mentors and professionals.

Medill undergraduates serve as mentors, who often remain friends with their teens long enough to watch them become the first in their families to attend college.

Even if some teens decide not to study journalism in college, they will graduate from the program with the confidence they will need to be successful.

With the support of private donors and the McCormick Foundation, teenagers who successfully complete the program receive iPads—often the first in their households– at the end of their second year.