We are raising money to fund the Annual Chicago Youth TheatreFest. This is an adjudicated event that strives to bring students from the City of Chicago together to observe, present, improve, and celebrate works of student theatre and connect students to college and career opportunities in the theatre arts. The festival includes student workshops, performance showcases, and college and arts organization fair. Participants prepare monologues, scenes, and musical theatre performances (new this year) of varying lengths and difficulty to be presented to an adjudicator for a 1, 2, or 3 ranking. Students are given the opportunity to advance from preliminary to finals levels. Over the years we have grown from 10 schools with 80 participants to 15 schools with about 150 students. Last year, we added opportunities for students to audition for colleges and were able to pay to feed all participants lunch. In addition to these costs, this year, we would like to offer a scholarship to students who advance to finals and funding for a videographer. Though we are asking for a small registration fee per student to help pay for our venue and adjudicators, we need additional funds to defray the cost of food, printing and supplies, awards, workshop facilitators, and programs. Your contribution will help take this program to the next level to provide opportunities for young Chicago artists. Students from schools that might not have robust arts programming find an opportunity to shine. Students meet students from their own city to celebrate each other and their love of theatre. Organizations and colleges use this festival as an opportunity to offer scholarships, recruit students and audition young talent. In celebrating what urban students are doing right through this festival, we spotlight and recognizing students who are often marginalized or don't even leave their own communities. This festival is a model for showcasing the GREAT things our young people can do and providing young people with opportunities to create and present art for their city as well as foster an interest in school and beyond.