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Thanks to everyone who entered, voted, or supported the 2021 South Side Youth Fest. The passion and creativity of the youth who participated was thrilling to watch.  Please take a moment to view the video describing the festival and highlighting fan favorite videos.

While voting is now over, you can still view all the festival submissions here.

What’s the 2021 South Side Youth Festival about? 

In every wave of transformation in American history the young have led the way, with their innovative ideas and resounding voices raised to question inequitable systems. Nothing could be more quintessentially American or more urgently needed at this moment in time. With this in mind in the years ahead, the South Side Youth Fest will become a gathering space and platform for what our future has to say about the present–celebrating the radical imagination required to build the world they want.

South Side teens are invited to submit original content that they create in the following digital mediums:

  • Original Digital Short: video / 30 seconds minimum to 3 minutes maximum in length.
  • Original Storytelling, Poetry or Prose: audio OR video / 30 seconds minimum to 3 minutes maximum in length.
  • Any teen ages 13-19 who is currently enrolled in any Chicago Public School or Charter School can submit.

South Side teens are strongly encouraged to submit their original content using the following themes:

  • Radical Futures: The future needs you to imagine it before it can happen. We want you to tell us what you think the world of tomorrow should look like. Tell us about your vision for our collective future. 
  • Take Action: Is there a social issue you care a lot about? We want you to tell us more about it, why it concerns you and what others should be doing to affect positive change. 
  • Self Portrait: Just express yourself, tell us more about what makes you…you, we want to know what South Side teens are all about. 
  • For the Culture: We want you to set the record straight and educate us on what your culture is really all about. There’s a lot we miss out on when a culture is underrepresented or misrepresented. Bring those receipts! 

When and how can I participate?

Content submissions are now closed.

Community Voting is now closed, but you may still view all the festival submissions here.

Still have questions? Email us.


Court’s South Side Youth Fest is supported by

Allstate Chicago's Own Good Hands