Our Events

Spring Event

Chicago Youth Talks holds two events annually, at the Alliance Francaise, in downtown Chicago. The Spring 2017 event will be held on May 20th at 3 pm.


Any donation, no matter its size, helps make CYT possible. All profits made by Chicago Youth Talks are donated to Working In the Schools (W.I.TS). Donations can be made online at http://gofundme.com/2mpdzngy .The Chicago Youth Talks team can be reached at chicagoyouthtalks16@gmail.com.

One of CYT's greatest sources of pride comes from the diversity of speech topics given at our events. There is no 'traditional' Chicago Youth Talk; all speeches are welcome. Some of our past talks have included:

A discussion of perfectionism in modern-day schooling

Tales of exotic travel experiences

Explanations of different aspects of feminist culture

Descriptions of current events, including global warming and the refugee crisis

Dialogue about both queer and African American identities

Conversation about speech impediments and how they affect personal perceptions

Research done involving neuroscience 

Live poetry performances

Our Talks

Inspiring youth to share their passions, opinions, and hobbies.

Chicago Youth Talks

Our Mission


Our People

Abby Jakus
Maddie Beirne
Cristina Cass
Media Coordinator
Ketandu Chiedu
Natalie Dabkowski
Michelle Garcia
Media Coordinator
Isaac Gershberg
Social Media Editor

Chicago Youth Talks, a completely student-run organization, is devoted to providing a stage for people of all age groups and backgrounds to share their ideas and research while sparking conversations. All profits raised by Chicago Youth Talks go directly to Working In the Schools (W.I.TS) which helps promote literacy in the younger generations of Chicago students. CYT's overall mission is to promote creative learning, inspire students to share their passions, and help improve education in Chicago.