The Cities Project is a citywide collaboration that connects Chicago-area universities and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in a shared effort to strengthen the learning and development of young people affected by poverty.
The collaborative team (Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and CPS) conducts research to understand how stressful life experiences affect young people and how they can learn and grow from stress. Research results are used to create interventions that support healing while fighting the root causes of stress and trauma for young people.
In 2023-24, the Cities Project at Northwestern is expanding to a cohort of 30–36 undergraduate students who will serve as mentors in three local CPS middle schools. Mentors have the opportunity to develop a meaningful one-on-one mentoring relationship with a middle school mentee, and are supported by a leadership team of faculty, staff, and graduate student supervisors.
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