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Chicago Youth Shakespeare [CYS] is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to putting Shakespeare’s timeless works into the hands of 21st-century teenagers. CYS provides innovative performances and educational outreach programs that connect young adults across Chicagoland with Shakespeare and with each other. CYS is committed to providing a safe space for students of all backgrounds, and to fostering a diverse community of creative and compassionate global citizens.
In 5 years, CYS programs have impacted over 7000 Chicago area students from more than 60 different public, private, and parochial schools. The organization has granted over $85,000 in need-based program scholarships, helped raise more than $4,000 to support arts programming in public schools, and remains committed to bringing free Shakespeare performances to hundreds of new students each year.
CYS operates with a very small, mostly volunteer staff, assisted by undergraduate interns, student volunteers, and an 11-member board of directors. Our primary goal is to secure grant funding that provides a sustainable base of operations so that we can continue to serve our mission and meet the growing demand for our programs.
Please visit www.chicagoyouthshakespeare.org for detailed information about CYS programs, our history, and our impact on Chicago area teens. We look forward to working with you!
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