Chicago Youth for the Millennium Development Goals (CYMDG) is a global education initiative of The Center for Art and Spirituality in International Development (CASID).
CYMDG educates students about critical problems facing populations in the world's poorest countries and gives students concrete opportunities to be advocates for change and social justice by engaging in activities based on the issues addressed by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Students in Chicago Public High Schools have implemented CYMDG either as a class-based project, a service learning program or both. Students at schools participating in CYMDG have done the following:
- Held summits on the MDGs to raise awareness of global issues and engage in advocacy
- Hosted a basketball tournament (Dunk HIV/AIDS) that raised money to support organizations working with individuals with HIV/AIDs in Chicago and in Rwanda
- Collected educational supplies for refugee youth arriving in Chicago and for children in a village in Sudan
- Learned about international careers through job shadowing at international organizations based in Chicago
- Created works of art and performed poetry about the millennium development goals
- Created mosaics on gender equality and women's empowerment
- Discussed the millennium development goals in a guest appearance on CAN-TV on November 11, 2008
- Wrote letters to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) advocating support for the passage of the Paul Simon Water for the World Act