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8th Grade Student Opportunity- CivicAction Weekend Application!

Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians,

In partnership with Northwestern University’s Civic Education Project, we are pleased to offer students the opportunity to participate in this unique service-learning immersion experience in the heart of Chicago. Since the partnership began in 2009, over 800 students have participated in WSCAE CivicAction. This program will occur on November 2nd and 3rd.

CivicAction is designed to introduce students to contemporary social issues facing urban communities and to promote leadership and civic engagement among promising young people.

The program provides students with an opportunity to:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Engage in service and hands-on learning, and
  • Discover ways to make an impact on the world!

Under the supervision of trained staff from the Civic Education Project, based at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, students will spend two days engaged in meaningful service and meetings with community leaders at nonprofit organizations throughout the city, along with hands-on learning, reflection, team building and fun.

 Alumni of CivicAction have reported:

  • “I learned that I can help change the world, even though I am one person.”
  • “I got to experience real world issues and interact with people experiencing those issues.”
  • “I will stand up for the things that I believe in and think about what I can do to make them happen.” 

Completed online applications are due by Friday, October 1st.  Complete program information and an online application are available at the following website:


Each school in the WSCAE is allocated a limited number of student spaces, and Hillside School has committed to sending at least three 8th grade students. The Center for Talent Development will notify students of the status of their application. If your child is selected to participate in the program, you will be responsible for paying $40 to Hillside School District and we will offset the remainder of the tuition.


The full cost of the program is explained on the website, as well as program details for this overnight experience. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for dropping off and picking their child at the host center (Gower Middle School-Burr Ridge).


While the link provides a great deal of information about the program, you are always welcome to contact us with any additional questions (708) 449-6490.



Dr. Kevin L. Suchinski                                                Mrs. Bridget Gainer                       

Superintendent                                                            Principal