CYS prides itself on providing need-blind programs that bring Shakespeare into the lives (and hearts) of Chicago area teens -- no matter what. We guarantee program scholarships for all Youth Ensemble students demonstrating financial need, provide free performance events and workshops for students throughout the year, and we ensure that every student has the essentials they need to participate, including daily lunches, Ventra cards, and even cell phones. In order to do this, we need your help!

Funds raised through the Sponsor A Shakespeare Scholar (SASS) campaign directly benefit students involved in the organization. With your generosity, CYS can continue to give these young artists the tools they need to build a strong foundation for their future.

Alumni of our Youth Ensemble program go on to pursue theatre and other academic fields of study at prestigious institutions throughout the country. CLICK HERE to check out our blog series showcasing CYS alums and their accomplishments! While you’re at it, CLICK HERE to hear from the young Shakespeare scholars who will benefit from your contribution!  

Thank you for your SASS!

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