Due to COVID-19 YCA has suspended in-person programming. See our calendar for virtual programs.

The Roots Crew is a three-week summer apprenticeship with Young Chicago Authors for twelve young poets.

In the months after our annual Rooted & Radical Youth Poetry Festival, poets are invited to apply for the Roots Crew based on their craft, content, dedication, work ethic, interest in pursuing the life of an artist/teaching artist, and ability to be an ambassador for YCA.

During the apprenticeship poets work on their craft and are initiated into the life of a working artist. They take field trips through Chicago’s rich cultural landscape, meet with professional local artists, and learn to craft a portfolio of their work, all under the guidance of mentors from our artistic team. Once their apprenticeship is complete, Roots Crew becomes YCA’s battalion of talent, speaking and performing throughout the country on behalf of the organization and the work.

Applications are closed for 2021. Please check back next summer!