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Community TV Network

Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Support the Community TV Network

Community TV Network (CTVN or CTV Chicago) is making it possible for Chicago youth to make a difference in their community through digital media. As a member of Investing In Communities®,Community TV Network can receive funding as a result of almost any brokered real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, and commercial leases. People who use this free platform can support CTV Chicago as they provide the education and opportunities needed to foster future difference-makers in the world of digital media. 

Since its founding in 1986, CTV Chicago has sought to show urban youth how they can use media as a powerful tool. As news media have evolved, so has CTVN’s programs, which now include school programs, workshops, Suffrage at 16, Hard Cover, and Leadership Track. The CTV Chicago network gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with digital media. Their documentary, Dearborn Homes, is an award-winning production, entirely produced by students working with CTVN

School Programs

For former high school dropouts enrolled in alternative schools, Community TV Network offers both at-school and after school video production programs. These programs allow students to gain skills and knowledge in digital media.


CTVN staff host regular workshops, providing education on a variety of ideas and skills in the field of digital media. Topics covered in these workshops include:

  • Portfolio Building;
  • Selecting the right lens; and
  • Sound Mixing.

Suffrage at 16

CTV Chicago students teamed-up with Vote16 Illinois board members to produce Suffrage at 16, a documentary style video which argues for lowering the voting age to 16.

Hard Cover

With over 30 seasons under its belt, CTVN’s crown jewel is its show, Hard Cover. Produced by students for a student audience, the show gives a voice to youth who otherwise would have no voice, allowing them to gain valuable experience and training in the process. 

Leadership Track

The Leadership Track program accepts 75 students who show promise as future professional media makers, placing them in after school apprenticeships that introduce them to more advanced methods and concepts. 

Dearborn Homes

The 2011 documentary, Dearborn Homes, was created by students and won several awards for its mature and skilled handling of its serious subject. The film explores the developments at a particular housing complex in Chicago. 

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Helps Give Students a Voice

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about giving underrepresented youth a voice and an opportunity to gain valuable skills can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Community TV Network. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Without any cost to yourself, you can become a  supporter of CTVN’s mission of teaching students skills in digital media through hands-on experience when you use IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, IL

Focus Area: Arts and Culture, Education, Social Justice

Budget: $250k - $500k

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Community TV Network is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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