Now Accepting Applications to Join CDYR’s 2020 Cohort!

Applications to join Chicago Desi Youth Rising’s 2020 Cohort are now open! The CDYR cohort participates in an annual summer youth leadership retreat, and then has the opportunity to receive funding to organize community projects of their choice. This year’s summer retreat will take place August 6-9, location TBA. Learn more and apply at Applications are due Sunday, March 29th!cdyrgraphic1

Deadline Extended for CDYR’s 2019 Summer Leadership Retreat!

The application deadline for Chicago Desi Youth Rising’s 2019 summer leadership retreat has been extended! The application is now due on Sunday, April 14th. Please share the application widely with your networks! For more information please visit our website or email us at


As we gear up for our 2019 summer leadership retreat, we reflect on how powerful last year’s retreat and this past year have been. After the 2018 summer leadership retreat, CDYR entered the first year of our new year-round mobilization model, where participants from the retreat were able to come back together after the summer to put the things they learned into action, and continue to build sustaining relationships. After the retreat, the 2018 participants reconvened with the CDYR collective over the year and did a grassroots issue choosing to identify key campaigns for CDYR to build and support together, partnered with Indo-American Center and South Asian American Policy & Research Institute to phone bank South Asian voters, had a teach-in with #NoCopAcademy, and canvassed Uptown residents to pressure Alderman James Cappleman to delay the #NoCopAcademy zoning vote.

We are excited to welcome another cohort of retreat participants this summer to learn, grow, build community, and mobilize with at the retreat and beyond. Please share this opportunity with your communities!