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CivicWeek participants...

 
  • Engage in hands-on service in communities
  • Gain valuable exposure to career fields
  • Learn about important social problems and inspiring solutions
  • Develop and practice leadership skills
  • Explore an exciting city
  • Build lasting friendships with bright, motivated peers
  • Earn service hours while making a difference
  • Discover ways to create positive change

Details

APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINES

CivicWeek welcomes applications from returning applicants as well as new score and portfolio applicants. Before beginning the online application, determine which type of applicant you are based on the descriptions below.

Returning Applicant
You are a returning applicant if you are in grade 7 through grade 12 and you meet the following criteria: 

  • You have successfully completed a verbal/reading qualifying area CTD course through the Weekend Enrichment Program, Summer Program, Civic Education Project or Online Program at the Emerald Tier, or a tier with a higher score requirement, within the previous twenty-four months. 

New Scores Applicant
You are a new scores applicant if you are in grade 7 through grade 12 and you meet either one of the following criteria:

  • You have not attended any CTD program for the past two years and you have qualifying grade-level test scores (Verbal or Reading) that are no more than two years old.
  • You have participated in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT™8/9 test taken in grades 5 or 6, or the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 6, 7 or 8 (NUMATS);

New Portfolio Applicant
You are a portfolio applicant if you are in grade 7 through grade 12 and the following is applicable to you:

  • You do not have qualifying test scores because you have either:
        1) never taken a nationally normed standardized achievement test, or
        2) taken this type of test but not achieved a qualifying score.

 An Admission Portfolio includes the following documents:

  • Required: one teacher recommendation form from a language arts or humanities instructor
  • Required: most recent school report card indicating exceptional performance in verbal or reading skills; 
  • If available: most recent state testing report (e.g. NWEA/MAP); or any results of a grade-level test such as PSAT™8/9 taken in middle school.

Accepted Students

Accepted students will recieve admissions materials via email 1- 3 weeks after their application is complete.  Enrollment information will include housing and travel details, a packing list, required health information, as well as program rules and policies.

 

Important Dates 

  Spring CivicWeek Summer CivicWeek
Application Opens November 15 November 15
Early Bird Application Deadline January 15 March 15
Financial Aid Deadline February 15 April 12
Regular Application Deadline March 1 May 14

 

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility

To qualify for Emerald tier Civic Education Project (CEP) courses, students must be in grade 7 through grade 12 and must also provide one of the following:

  • Achievement of  a score of 90th percentile or higher on a nationally normed grade-level assessment in the required verbal/reading qualifying subject area; OR
  • Successful completion of a CTD course, with a verbal/reading qualifying subject area within the past two years; OR
  • Submission of a portfolio application, consisting of a teacher recommendation and the student’s most recent report card, demonstrating that the student is performing well in language arts or humanities.

School Break Dates & Availability

While CivicWeek program often coincide with students' school breaks, some school schedules may not coincide, or student may simly have an interest in a topic or location not offered during the school break.  Because CivicWeek is an eductaional program, many schools will excuse students from class in order to participate.  This is a decision families should make in partnership with teachers and school administrators.

FEES, FINANCIAL AID & WITHDRAWALS

Tuition & Fees

 Tuition includes all program expenses:

  • Lodging and meals throughout the program
  • Transportation to and from program activities
  • Service project materials and speaker fees
  • Staff instruction and 24-hour supervision, with a staff to student ratio of at least 1:6
  • Recreational expenses
Note: Students are responsible for their own travel to and from the program site. CivicWeek offers a shuttle service to the site from the nearest major airport to students traveling unaccompanied for a small fee.
 
 

Early Application Tuition

Regular Application Tuition

Weeklong Program $1,450 $1,495
4-day Program $975 $1,025

 

Payment Policies

  • Applications received by January 15 (for spring programs) and March 15 (for summer programs) are subject to the early bird tuition rate; applications received after these dates are subject to the regular tuition rate.
  • All applications must be accompanied by a tuition deposit of $260. Financial aid applicants may pay a reduced tuition deposit of $60.
  • The tuition balance is due within 30 days of admission to the program, and no later than the regular application deadline of March 1 (for spring programs) & May 14 (for summer programs). Students with an outstanding balance at these deadlines may lose their place in the program.
  • Applications received after the regular application deadline must be accompanied by payment in full.
  • Payments may be made by credit card via the student's MyCTD account or by check or money order made payable to Center for Talent Development.
 

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is available to eligible students. Families who wish to apply for financial aid should submit a Financial Aid Application through FACTS, our online system, selecting the year 2018-2019.  The link for CivicWeek financial aid applications can be found here. (If you have a previous FACTS account, it can be conncted via this link.) Most families awarded aid have a total household income of less than $50,000.

Requests for assistance typically exceed resources available, so families seeking aid are encouraged to apply early. The financial aid application deadline is February 15 (for spring programs) and April 12 (for summer programs). Financial aid funds are granted on a rolling basis beginning in November.

Families seeking aid are also encouraged to apply for the payment plan (see below), as financial aid awards may not cover the entire tuition fee.

Any financial aid awarded will be reflected in the amount due after receipt of the acceptance email. Any remaining balance is due within 30 days, unless arrangements have been made for a payment plan. 

Payment Plan

A four-month payment plan option is available to all families. The payment plan application is available upon enrollment and acceptance to the program.

Families who do not apply or qualify for financial aid are assessed a service charge of $50 for the payment plan. The first payment is due upon acceptance to the program, and subsequent payments are due on the 15th of each month following. Payments must be up to date on opening day in order for students to check in to the program.

Other Sources of Support

We strongly suggest that families with financial need also seek outside support. Accepted students should start soliciting additional funds right away. Schools, local religious or community organizations, businesses, local government offices, friends, and relatives are all potential sources of support. Some students have successfully raised their entire tuition this way!

Refunds & Withdrawals

  • All requests for refunds and/or withdrawals must be made in writing.
  • Prior to the regular application deadline (March 1 for spring programs and May 14 for summer programs), tuition payments are fully refundable, less a withdrawal processing fee of $60. If the student is not accepted into the program, all program choices are closed or canceled, or financial aid is not adequate for participation, the withdrawal processing fee is waived.
  • Students who withdraw after the regular application deadline but before the start of the program are refunded 50% of tuition, less the withdrawal processing fee.
  • Students who withdraw after the start of the program or are dismissed for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for any refund.
  • Refunds may take up to eight weeks to process.
 

CIVICWEEK: WHAT TO EXPECT

Make a Difference
Engage in meaningful, eye-opening service each day. Projects range from serving a meal to the hungry, to running activities at a youth center, to conducting outreach for a neighborhood organization. 

Explore Careers (9-12 programs)
Gain hands-on experience with community issues. Meet with government, business, and nonprofit leaders at the top of their fields and get behind-the-scenes access to career fields of interest. Gain rich material for college admissions essays, job and internship interviews, and future academic endeavors.

Develop Leadership
Sharpen communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Broaden your perspective on the world through learning and dialogue with peers, staff, and community leaders.

Experience City Life
Live retreat-style in a hostel or community center in the heart of the city. Prepare and share meals as a group, and navigate the city like a local on public transit. Learn more about CivicWeek Housing Sites

Build Community
Connect with diverse, like-minded peers from across the country in an enriching living-learning community. Build strong and lasting friendships and hone your interpersonal and teamwork skills. 

View Sample Daily & Weekly Schedules View Topic-Specific Itineraries 

Credit & Service Hours

Weeklong program participants earn 40 hours of service-learning credit (including 25 hours of direct service); four-day program participants earn 24 hours of service-learning credit (including 12 hours of direct service). CEP is happy to complete any forms required for students to show proof of earned service hours; contact our office for assistance.

Evaluations & Transcripts
All students receive a narrative evaluation after completion of the program. The evaluation provides feedback on the student’s achievements in the program and outlines areas for further growth. Students also receive certification of service hours. Evaluation materials are sent to families (and schools, if requested) approximately six weeks following the completion of the program.

SAFETY & CONDUCT

The safety of program participants is paramount at all times. We take careful steps to ensure the well-being of our students, including:

Hiring Experienced Staff Members
Our staff is a talented group of educators brought together by their commitment to teaching highly able young people about civic engagement and social responsibility. The lead staff member on each program is typically a high school teacher or other education or youth development professional with expertise in service-learning. The assistant staff members on each program are typically college graduates working in the education or nonprofit fields, graduate students, or exceptional senior-level undergraduates. All staff are selected through a highly competitive process that weighs such factors as academic background, service-learning experience, and experience working with youth in a residential setting. The process also includes a criminal background check. Alumni consistently report that one of the best aspects of the program is the quality of the staff teams.

Working with Established & Well-Respected Host Agencies 
We work closely with host organizations to provide safe volunteer and learning environments. Host agencies orient students to the communities and activities they will be engaged in and outline precautions students can take to minimize risk and help ensure the safety and well-being of all group members.

Providing Careful Supervision 
While students are ultimately responsible for their own conduct, our trained staff teams provide clear guidelines and careful supervision. Our programs maintain small class or group sizes of 12 to 18 students, and offer a high staff to student ratio of at least one staff member for every six students.

Requiring a High Standard of Student Conduct 
Our programs are highly structured and operate with a strict set of rules regarding appropriate boundaries and staff supervision. These rules help to ensure the well-being of our students and staff, and all students who attend must be committed to respecting them. Students and families are asked to review our Honor Code so that all participants are aware of the program's expectations and their personal responsibility to contribute to a positive living and learning environment. 

Safeguarding Student Health 
Staff members keep health information about each participant on hand at all times and are available to screen student medical concerns and provide first aid. Students who become ill or injured are taken to walk-in clinics or emergency rooms for treatment. Families are responsible for all health care costs incurred by their children during the program.

Ensuring Emergency Preparedness
We are committed to ensuring the highest level of preparedness for all types of emergencies. Creating and maintaining a safe and secure program environment is a responsibility shared by administrators, staff, and students. Administrators organize service experiences and plan travel routes with an eye to safety and supervision. Staff monitor weather conditions and alter outdoor program activities in the event of inclement conditions. Staff are trained on fire, weather emergency, and evacuation plans and protocols and prepared to manage emergency situations. Finally, students are oriented to ways they can help ensure their own and their fellow group members' safety and well-being.

For information about how we manage Internet use and student privacy, as well as discrimination, disabilities, and sexual harassment, please review CTD's Policy Statements.

 

CONTACT US

For information regarding CivicWeek admissions, contact:
ctd-admissions@northwestern.edu
847/467-1575

For information about CivicWeek or other CEP programs, contact:
cep@northwestern.edu
847/467-2572

Courses

Community Health & Medicine (Grades 9 - 12)

March 24, 2019 - March 30, 2019
Description

This is a single-week residential course.

Explore issues of community health through visits to cutting-edge medical facilities and neighborhoods underserved by healthcare resources. Consider the challenges facing families and communities, and work with professionals tackling health education, disease prevention and issues of equity. Examine contemporary policy debates and learn about ways to address community health issues in our neighborhoods and our nation.

Learn more about CivicWeek and view a sample itinerary

Program
CivicWeek
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Chicago, IL

Leadership & Service (Grades 7 - 8)

March 27, 2019 - March 30, 2019
Description

This is a 4-day residential course.

Visit nonprofit organizations throughout Chicago to engage in hands-on service and learn how to make a difference in the world. Prepare and serve a meal to those in need, lead activities for youth, and learn from local leaders about ways to make change. Develop leadership skills and explore your passions and interests. Return home inspired with ideas to make a difference in your community!

Learn more about CivicWeek and view a sample itinerary

Program
CivicWeek
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Chicago, IL

Community Health & Medicine (Grades 9 - 12)

April 14, 2019 - April 20, 2019
Description

This is a single-week residential course.

Explore issues of community health through visits to cutting-edge medical facilities and neighborhoods underserved by healthcare resources. Consider the challenges facing families and communities, and work with professionals tackling health education, disease prevention and issues of equity. Examine contemporary policy debates and learn about ways to address community health issues in our neighborhoods and our nation.

Learn more about CivicWeek and view a sample itinerary

Program
CivicWeek
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Chicago, IL

Leadership & Service (Grades 7 - 8)

April 17, 2019 - April 20, 2019
Description

This is a four-day residential course.

Visit nonprofit organizations throughout Chicago to engage in hands-on service and learn how to make a difference in the world. Prepare and serve a meal to those in need, lead activities for youth, and learn from local leaders about ways to make change. Develop leadership skills and explore your passions and interests. Return home inspired with ideas to make a difference in your community!

Learn more about CivicWeek and view a sample itinerary

Program
CivicWeek
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Chicago, IL

Immigration & Global Affairs (Grades 9 - 12)

June 23, 2019 - June 29, 2019
Description

This is a single-week residential course.

When we examine current stories of immigration against the global landscape and America’s history as a “nation of immigrants,” complicated questions emerge. Through service experiences and conversations with community leaders working in education, employment and housing, explore these questions and understand the challenges faced by immigrant and refugee families in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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Program
CivicWeek
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Chicago, IL

Youth Voice & Community Change (Grades 7 - 8)

June 23, 2019 - June 29, 2019
Description

This is a single-week residential course.

Across the country, young people are working on issues that concern them, such as safe schools, healthy neighborhoods, mental health awareness, and youth homelessness. Examine issues that affect young people, meet with emerging leaders, and see firsthand how communities are addressing challenges in innovative ways. Learn how to make change about a cause that inspires you!

Learn more about CivicWeek and view a sample itinerary.

Program
CivicWeek
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Chicago, IL
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