Community / Organization

Columbia College Chicago | Columbia Links

Columbia Links is a news literacy, journalism skills-building, digital competency and leadership development program for middle and high school youth and teachers in Chicago Public Schools, housed at Columbia College Chicago. Through workshops, mentoring and the creation of youth-produced publications, audio, video, photo and podcast productions employing mobile applications, Links works to build expertise, skills, community change, relationships and opportunities that connect students, teachers, volunteers and organizations to promote youth voice.

Links Values

  • Developing critical thinking and news literacy skills in youth and free speech awareness
  • Producing high quality, ethical, unbiased journalism with authentic teen voices magnified through all digital and mobile tools for expression
  • Creating opportunities for youth who have been marginalized
  • Broadening the world view of Chicago youth and enhancing partnerships with other youth-led organizations.