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Community TV Network


We are the Community TV Network! We are a youth focused media arts education program for underserved youth in Chicago.

Next year, we will celebrate 35 years of our youth produced cable access TV show, Hard Cover: Voices and Visions of Chicago’s youth.

We have provided an opportunity and outlet for Chicago’s young people to have their voices heard, to learn about the issues that affect them and more importantly, work on solutions as well.

Since the summer of 1986, 12,500 teens and young adults have participated as producers, director, camera people, writers, technicians and on -camera talent covering such diverse topics as AIDS to housing to youth arts, video games, environment. Our philosophy has always been solution oriented: promoting positive images of urban youth as well as encouraging creativity and inspiring the teens to do more.

The program has won many awards including the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award in 2003 that was presented at the White House; the Hometown USA Award, and many more.

As part of our celebration, we are looking for volunteer event planners. Would you be able to join us in celebrating our youth, our future media stars?

We need people to help on the following committees:

Sponsorships and Raffle
Food and Drink
Day of Program: set up //serving/ breaking down /cleaning up

Recruiting: Now through December. Kick off: Jan 2022
Event: May 2022

Be part of celebrating a stalwart organization that continues to help youth.

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About Community TV Network



Mission Statement

Community TV Network (CTVN), a leader in community access to media, empowers low-income young adults and children in Chicago to identify, address, and resolve issues through the use and understanding of digital media arts. CTVN instills in youth the awareness, motivation, and tools they need to create a positive future for themselves and their neighborhoods. Engaging youth in the creative and collaborative process of digital video production, we use the resulting media content to promote positive youth and community development with the overall goal of raising the educational success and economic viability of the neighborhoods where youth participants live and work.


Since 1974, our technology and arts curriculum has empowered more than 11,000 city youth with a platform for self-representation while building self-esteem, community awareness, and intellectual curiosity. Filmmaking is taught through hands-on, interdisciplinary, student- and problem-centered programming, capturing the attention of our focus age group in a society dominated by visual media. Digital video production provides youth with tools to enhance academic learning, further developing essential skills that will lead to success in other subjects and endeavors.

CTVN provides free after-school programs and in-school classes five days a week, year-round, for over 600 youth, including paid apprenticeship positions, internship positions, on-location job training with professional filmmakers, summer employment, and numerous service learning and volunteer opportunities. Through our partnerships with organizations such as Alternative Schools Network (ASN), After School Matters (ASM), and the State of Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), we currently serve at-risk youth at our central site and several satellite locations in nearly a dozen Chicago neighborhoods.

Combining an accessible medium with accessible locations, we address the needs of the community by providing meaningful learning experiences in safe and nurturing environments throughout Chicago. Our approach both engages participants in creative youth development activities and uses the resulting youth media messages to directly address urgent community issues.

Children & Youth
Media & Broadcasting


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Brand Development & Messaging
  • Administrative Support
  • Arts Administration
  • Interior / Exterior Design
  • Business Development




  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 hours month from January - March and 5-10 hours in April and May. Every committee will meet 2x a month.

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