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Medill Media Teens

A collaboration between Medill and the Gary Comer Youth Center on Chicago’s South Side, Medill Media Teens helps at-risk high school students become confident, technology-savvy multimedia journalists.

Medill students mentor teens on Saturdays during the school year. As a Media Teen, you can experiment with video, audio, photography and website production in Medill’s downtown Chicago newsroom and on the streets of Chicago. You'll interview other students and write and publish multimedia stories, learning about journalism and your peers.

Medill Media Teens interview person on the street in Chicago

Medill Media Teens interview person on the street in Chicago

You will have a Medill undergraduate student as a mentor. Media Teens' mentors often remain friends with their teens long enough to watch them become the first in their families to attend college.

Even if you decide not to study journalism in college, you will graduate this program with the confidence you need to be successful, thanks to your Medill role models.

With the support of the McCormick Foundation, each teen who successfully completes the program receives a laptop computer at the end of their second year; often this is the first computer in their households.