Our American Voice Institute

Coming soon: The new Our American Voice Institute,
in collaboration with the Office of Innovative Professional Learning at DePaul University.

Let's have a conversation

We need to start having conversations with one another—not only to get our own point across, but to listen respectively and reflectively to another’s perspective. At the Institute, our programs not only teach civics and civic engagement; they teach listening and collaborating—the bedrock to an effective representative democracy.

This year, of all years, we recognize the economic hardship being faced by so many. Join us, as you’re able, and help expand our reach into more communities across Illinois. In 2021, you can be our partner in the Our American Voice Institute as we continue to break new ground in education innovation. Your impact will be DOUBLED thanks to a generous contribution from Consult, Ltd.

In 2020, we responded to the COVID-19 crisis, demonstrating we are an essential educational institution.

  • We pivoted our OAV school program and the 1,000 participating students online, culminating in an online summit of virtual meetings with legislators from across Illinois. We created a digital OAV curriculum for our 2020-21 program year. This would not have been possible without the support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

  • We unveiled programming for educators through Citizen U specifically tailored to address the challenges of remote teaching and racial equity. This would not have been possible without resources from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) initiative.

  • We launched and completed an internship program for Chicagoland college students in collaboration with LULAC-IL, promoting U.S. Census participation and public health awareness. This would not have been possible without funding from the Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program.

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Your donation MATCHED

Your generous donation will be matched by Consult Ltd., in honor and in memory of Charles C. Smith who died on November 27, 2020. Charles and his wife Patti are dedicated supporters of Our American Voice.

Patti Turner and Charles Smith.
Patti Turner and Charles Smith.