Teen Advisory Council

What is the Teen Advisory Council?

Old Town School's Teen Advisory Council supports the School's teen programs, works to grow a creative, open-minded youth community, and enriches the greater arts culture of Chicago.

The Council started in the fall of 2015 with six members and the simple idea that teen programming at the School should come directly from teens. Since then, Teen Council has grown to become an integral part of everything related to teens at the School. Council members run events like Teen Open Mic, they help teachers develop new classes and curriculum, they collaborate with other arts organizations across Chicago, and they overall ensure that the School is meeting the needs of its teen students and artists.

How Do I Get to Be on Teen Advisory Council?

All Teen Advisory Council members, new or returning, go through an application process every fall. The ideal Teen Council member...

  • ...loves the arts and can advocate for other teens.
  • ...has a personal connection to teen programs at Old Town School.
  • ...is comfortable with both leading a group and empowering others to take the lead.
  • ...enjoys working on a creative team to make decisions and get stuff done.

How to Apply for the 2018-19 Cycle

Complete and submit the online application below by 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

In addition to the online application, all applicants both new and returning are expected to attend our info session from 4-5pm at 909 W. Armitage on Saturday, October 6.

If you are/were unable to attend the info session, email Ian Wilson (iwilson@oldtownschool.org) as early as possible to request an exemption.

What You're Committing To: By applying to Teen Council, you are committing to attending monthly meetings, assisting at Teen Open Mic, and supporting other teen events in and around the School as needed (e.g. the Square Roots festival, Teen Camp showcases, Teen Collective shows, etc). To coincide with Teen Open Mic, Teen Advisory Council will meet at 909 W. Armitage on the first Saturday of the month during the school year except during major school vacations. Meetings are from 3-5pm and dinner is provided before Teen Open Mic sign-up begins at 6pm.

Teen Council members earn volunteer points for the hours they serve the School. Council members may also be eligible for service learning hours depending on their school's requirements.

Attendance: Council members may miss up to two monthly meetings and two open mics during the 2018-19 school year. Absences from meetings and open mics are counted separately. In other words, if you have to miss a meeting, you can still assist at that night's open mic and vice versa.

Decisions: We will notify all applicants BY EMAIL on Monday, October 29. If accepted, you will need to confirm your seat on the Council by email, so make sure the email address you give us is one that you can check on a daily basis.

The first meeting of the 2018-19 Council will be on Saturday, November 3. Please make sure you are available for this first meeting if chosen!

Questions about Teen Advisory Council? Contact us!