Game Changer Chicago Announces “Bystander” and “Smoke Stacks”

Smoke Stacks playtest

Members of our GCC team playtest Smoke Stacks. Photo by Lauren Whalen

Ci3’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab is proud to announce two work-in-progress games for youth.

Bystander is an interactive, computer-based narrative that seeks to empower youth to end sexual violence. The second game, Smoke Stacks is a board game designed to educate youth on the dangers of smoking and the role of tobacco companies in promoting use and addiction.

Learn more about past and present GCC projects here.

Today is #GivingTuesday – Support Ci3


Today, Ci3 will participate in Giving Tuesday, a global call to action and celebration of generosity kicking off the holiday season.

In this spirit, help us continue to fulfill our mission by making a tax-deductible donationPlease specify “Ci3” in the Special Instructions box at the bottom of the form.

At Ci3, we believe that advancing sexual and reproductive health and personal well-being depends on building skills and assets among youth. We develop programsgames, and research that not only empower young people, but help reframe how we view their health and well-being. On a national, local and global level, we illuminate broader, systems-level changes that can encourage positive youth development and position young people to succeed in leading healthy, productive lives. Over the past year, Ci3’s work was published in leading research journals, and featured in well-respected local and national press.
Two featured ongoing projects include:
  • Bystander, an interactive, computer-based narrative that explores the role of the bystander in sexual violence scenarios
  • Smoke Stacks, which uses the Hexacago game board to educate teenagers about the dangers of smoking, from the perspective of the tobacco industry

Ci3’s success is strengthened by the generosity and support of our constituents. Please consider investing in furthering Ci3’s mission today. Be a part of the action by following us on Twitter and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. Please specify “Ci3” in the Special Instructions box at the bottom of the form.

Questions? Contact Ci3 Executive Director Dr. Brandon Hill, at (773) 834-8509 or via email.

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GCC’s Ashlyn Sparrow on Educational Game Design for Hive Chicago

Ashlyn at CCOL

Photo courtesy of the Chicago City of Learning

Ashlyn Sparrow, Lab Director for Game Changer Chicago (pictured above, center), blogged about educational game design for GCC partner Hive Chicago.

Sparrow discusses the design of the Hexacago game board and the development of Smoke Stacks, an anti-tobacco board game for teens.

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