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Youth Led Badging

Youths leading youths to badging opportunities and help them build for the future

In summer 2015, 20 Chicago High School Students will be selected and trained to issue badges and promote badging opportunities at geographically distributed locations throughout the city. The students selected will have already earned badges. The program will run for the 2015-2016 school year.


UPDATE: The Youth Led Badging program kicked off on July 8, 2015 when students recruited by all the partner organizations assembled for an orientation at The Anti-Cruelty Society.

The orientation was also attended by Tene Grey of Chicago City Of Learning, who gave the teens an overview of the the CCOL network and the role they will play as Digital Badging Specialists (DBS).

The DBS teens have been tasked with keeping a blog where they offer their insight and experiences as part of the program. You can read the blog by clicking on the following link:

The DBS teens that are stationed at The Anti-Cruelty Society have a already started issuing badges. DBS Teens with the Chicago Public Library, Project Exploration and the Chicago Botanic Garden will start issuing badges once fall programs commence.

Lead Organization:
The Anti-Cruelty Society

Partner Organizations:

Project Goal:
Hiring of 20 teens to administer badges. Retention of at least 16 teens for duration of project. Teens issuing approx. 300 digital badges throughout program length.

Project Tags:
2015 Round 1 RFP, Ultimate Onramps