ReShape-Chicago logo for Alternatives' ReShape Chicago Solutions Challenge

Alternatives’ ReShape Chicago Solutions Challenge gives teams of young people the opportunity to shape solutions to address real issues, challenges, or opportunities that they face in their lives. (Re)Shape Chicago will culminate in a showcase dinner elevating the perspectives, insights, and creativity of Chicago’s youth. By supporting (Re)Shape Chicago, you can amplify youth voice!

There are three different ways you can help. If you are interested in one or more of them, please fill out the form on this page. If you want to learn more, click here and read our FAQs for volunteering with (Re)Shape Chicago.

Showcase Dinner Planning Committee

All of the projects that teams create will be highlighted and shared with a broader audience at a Showcase Conference and Dinner, scheduled for Saturday, March 30th at the Chicago Teachers Union (1901 West Carrol). The planning committee will help plan and execute the youth-focused conference in the afternoon and the showcase dinner in the evening including logistics, program, promotion, layout, decorations, silent auction, and catering. We are looking for 8 to 12 volunteers for this committee.

Team Mentor

You can work collaboratively with a team of young people to support them as they think through, refine, and present their solution to the problem or opportunity they have identified. This involves a commitment to attend a series of studio days with teams of youth for about 4 hours for 6 Saturdays in February and March. Each team will have 2 or 3 adult mentors matched with 4 to 6 young people. You will have a curriculum including activities and templates to support the projects, and you will attend a volunteer training in advance of studio time.

Studio Time Logistics Coordinator

Support teams and volunteers by helping to coordinate logistics like food and materials or support volunteers and youth as needed. Rather than focusing on a specific team, you will float across and support the group of teams to make sure they have everything they need to stay focused on their projects. We expect to have a small team of 2 Coordinators helping during each of the studio days.

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FAQs

What are the volunteer roles?

Showcase Dinner Planning Committee

All of the projects that teams create will be highlighted and shared with a broader audience at a Showcase Conference and Dinner, scheduled for Saturday, March 30th at the Chicago Teachers Union (1901 West Carrol). The planning committee will help plan and execute the youth-focused conference in the afternoon and the showcase dinner in the evening including logistics, program, promotion, layout, decorations, silent auction, and catering. We are looking for 8 to 12 volunteers for this committee.

Team Mentor

You can work collaboratively with a team of young people to support them as they think through, refine, and present their solution to the problem or opportunity they have identified. This involves a commitment to attend a series of studio days with teams of youth for about 4 hours for 6 Saturdays in February and March. Each team will have 2 or 3 adult mentors matched with 4 to 6 young people. You will have a curriculum including activities and templates to support the projects, and you will attend a volunteer training in advance of studio time.

Studio Time Logistics Coordinator

Support teams and volunteers by helping to coordinate logistics like food and materials or support volunteers and youth as needed. Rather than focusing on a specific team, you will float across and support the group of teams to make sure they have everything they need to stay focused on their projects. We expect to have a small team of 2 Coordinators helping during each of the studio days.

What skills are required?

We are looking for a range of skills so that teams can function in a complimentary way. Some specific skills that we have identified a need for include: design experience, youth-work/teaching experience, project management, marketing experience, event planning experience, public speaking/facilitation experience. Aside from these, a general desire to help out and a commitment to youth voice are the most important things we are looking for in volunteers.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment varies slightly by volunteer role. Event planning volunteers can expect to spend 3-5 hours per month between October and March, with a few extra hours in the final two weeks before March 30th. Team mentors can plan on spending a total of between 24 and 28 hours, including training and 6 weeks of Studio Time, between January and March. If you have any existing commitment and need to miss a session, that is okay because each team will have multiple mentors, but it is best if you can make as many as possible. Additionally, as this year’s teams complete their draft topics, we will announce more specialized volunteer roles which will only take place during one or two of the Saturdays.

Can I volunteer in multiple roles?

Members of the Showcase Dinner Planning Committee can also participate either as Team Mentors or as Studio Time Logistics Coordinators if they feel they have time-capacity to do so.

When is the volunteer training?

Volunteer orientation/trainings will take place in December and early January. We will announce specific dates and times closer to the trainings.

Where will the studio time be held?

The details of this plan will be announced later this fall.