YOUNG CHICAGO AUTHORS

aka YCA   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.youngchicagoauthors.org

Mission

Through creative writing, Young Chicago Authors helps young people from all backgrounds to understand the importance of their own stories and those of others, so that they can pursue the path they choose and work to make their communities more just and equitable.

Ruling year info

1991

Interim Executive Director

Mr. Demetrius Amparan

Main address

1180 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 2

Chicago, IL 60642 USA

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EIN

36-3772997

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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WordPlay

WordPlay, YCA’s weekly open-mic, writing workshop, and performance series runs throughout the year on Tuesdays.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Check The Method offers rigorous instruction in poetry and hip-hop spoken word to the most dedicated young writers in the city. Check The Method is Chicago’s premier writing workshop for 14-25 year olds. Come learn how to find inspiration in your daily life, write poems, and craft performances. Check The Method alumni have gone on to publish books and pursue professional writing careers. This workshop is open to all levels and is 100% free.

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Queeriosity is a free monthly poetry salon for LBGTQ and questioning youth aged 12-25 to explore the world through a queer lens. Queeriosity events are hosted by YCA Teaching Artists H. Melt & Dominique James. Each month has a different theme and features a writing workshop, discussion and guest artist or speaker. There are also opportunities for live performance and publishing work in the Queeriosity Zine. This program is free and no prior experience with poetry or performance is necessary. All events are held on second Thursdays 6pm-8pm at Young Chicago Authors unless otherwise noted.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Young Chicago Authors is proud to announce our Rooted & Radical Youth Poetry Festival, previously named Louder Than A Bomb. This newly imagined festival rethinks scoring and judging to empower participants and get back to the heart of creating a community for young people to share their stories in a non-competitive environment. We invite all youth poets to participate in showcases that will occur on the dates & times listed below. Individual poets will advance by student voting and will be assigned to all-city teams where they will be celebrated during the festival’s final showcase in the spring. All participants will be eligible for scholarships and special prizes.

Population(s) Served

Approximately 100 young writers & educators from all corners of the city and across the country come together for one week of writing and other art forms. We focus on building community and developing a body of work via workshops led by world-class poets and artists.

Population(s) Served

Over this six-week apprenticeship, poets work on their craft and are initiated into the life of a working artist. They take field trips through Chicago’s rich cultural landscape, meet with professional local artists, and participate in YCA’s Write To The City summer camp, all under the guidance of mentors from our artistic team. Once their apprenticeship is complete, Roots Crew becomes YCA’s battalion of talent, speaking and performing throughout the country on behalf of the organization and the work.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
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YOUNG CHICAGO AUTHORS

Board of directors
as of 6/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Humke

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Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
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