Enrichment programs serve as supplements to the YWLCS curriculum in order to give students an extended world of learning beyond the classroom. Our partnerships with the following organizations are quintessential to the YWLCS experience:
(View Chicago Youth Center's website.)
Chicago Youth Centers' (CYC) mission is to invest in youth in underserved Chicago neighborhoods to help them discover and realize their full potential - from early childhood education to and through college. CYC builds the confidence of YWLCS young women through after school programming ranging from dance to ACT preparation to fashion design. Students are able to participate in CYC programs Monday-Friday after school. For more information on CYC programs at YWLCS, please contact Caitlin Figurski, on-site Program Coordinator, by phone at (312) 949-9400 x 413 or by email.
(View Friends of the Chicago River's website.)
Since 2003, Friends of the Chicago River has made it possible for YWLCS students to share in an annual real-life science experience investigating the life science, physical, environmental, chemical, and biological aspects of the Chicago River. The purpose is to increase their awareness and understanding of how all science disciplines are connected and impact each other. Representatives from Friends of the Chicago River accompany YWLCS students of grades 7-12 on their journeys to the Chicago River and often return to YWLCS as Science Fair judges. During the Science Fair, students present their conclusions from the Chicago River field trip to a group of teachers and guest panelists.
(View Northwestern University's Institute for Women's Health Research website.)
“This program prepares and empowers high school girls to pursue leadership roles in science and medicine by engaging them in interactive learning experiences in the fields of reproductive science, cancer biology, and oncofertility.” - Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD
Dr. Teresa Woodruff, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine founded the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA) for 16 juniors and 16 seniors of YWLCS in 2007. Dr. Woodruff and Megan Faurot, former YWLCS biology teacher, now manage the OSA science program, which is designed to engage high school students in the exploration of the basic science, clinical applications, and career options in reproductive science, cancer biology, and oncofertility. Oncofertility refers to an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to developing and providing new fertility preservation options to young men, women, and children who have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious disease and who must undergo potentially fertility-threatening treatment. Dr. Teresa Woodruff and Megan Faurot have expanded the Women's Health Science Program (WHSP) to include a Cardiology Summer Academy, Infectious Disease Summer Academy, and the Physical Science Summer Academy in addition to the Oncofertility Saturday Academy for high school students across the Chicagoland area.
(View Smith College's STEP UP website.)
After YWLCS received its charter in 1999, YWLCS and Smith College alumna Linda Salisbury '78 developed the Smith College STEP UP (Summer Talent Exploration Program – Unleashing Potential). YWLCS middle school students are eligible to visit Smith College for a week-long program, which helps them explore their talents and interests through these experiences:
Photo Courtesy of Huge Galdones.