Youth Leaders

Offered through participating Chicago Public Schools, the Safe Humane Chicago Youth Leaders program is an elective that educates and certifies Chicago Public high school students as Safe Humane presenters and as ambassadors in disadvantaged communities.

They learn about a variety of topics related to animal welfare and safety and are taught to give a 45-minute presentation in collaboration with Dog-and-Handler teams and adult facilitators. 

The teens then educate peers and younger children in Chicago Public elementary schools about the safe and humane treatment of companion animals, why animal abuse of any kind is bad, why humane treatment is good, and how to set good examples around pets and other animals in their communities.

They are also given opportunities for extracurricular activities, including media events and internships with animal-related businesses.