Community Arts Program

The Community Arts Program consists of a variety of drop-in art-based workshops provided for LGBTQI+ youth (ages 16-25) experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in the Chicago area. Teaching artists and partnering community organizations collaborate with YEPP to offer a creative outlet for youth in the Chicago area to cope with traumas and build skills that promote self-development.  This program coexist with the Community Drop-In Services.  


In alignment with our five core frameworks, each workshop will also support participants in developing creativity and healthy coping strategies, building self-confidence and fostering sustainable and supportive community relationships. Offerings may include: writing, ballet, modern dance, vogue, visual art, photography, urban fashion, film, and music among others. Every December we host a community showcase where participants can share what they’ve created throughout the year.  

Call for Teaching Artist Volunteers


Teaching Artists can be artists, activists, educators, youth-workers and anyone else with a desire to share their creative passions with community in a transformative and queer-affirming setting. Teaching artists can apply to teach a one-time workshop or series of workshops. Teaching Artists currently engage with YEPP on a volunteer basis. We hope to be able to offer stipends in the near future. 

Teaching Artist Job Description

Teaching Artist Application Form