EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts


Lyric Unlimited and the Chicago Urban League have joined forces for EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts, a groundbreaking, multiyear afterschool program for high school students culminating in a fully-staged, youth-centric opera based on the students’ real life experiences.

Thirty high school students, drawn primarily from four Chicago communities – Bronzeville, Englewood, West Englewood, and Roseland – will receive hands-on training and mentorship from arts professionals to transform and perform their individual stories on Lyric’s stage.

Save the date for their performance at the Lyric Opera House on May 31!

About the Chicago Urban League
The Chicago Urban League is an organization that’s been doing critically important work across the city to open the doors of opportunity for African Americans for over a century. The EmpowerYouth! program was developed collaboratively with the Chicago Urban League and involves staff from both organizations working together throughout the implementation process.


Centene Charitable Foundation
is providing leadership support for EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts.