Who We Are
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Teens and adults, peers and experts, working with you to bring your ideas to life.
Teen Innovators is a peer community experience where students ages 11-16 practice creative and innovative thinking through flexible mentoring and leadership classes that are led by teens for teens. TI Students learn to think strategically, solve big world problems and lead their peers with confidence. TI Students and Peer Mentors grow alongside each other and learn life skills that provide a foundation for success as a purpose-driven leader of tomorrow.
As a corporate warrior, serial entrepreneur, and mother of two boys, founder Christine Hutchison understands the importance of instilling creativity in children. Her inspiration for Teen Innovators was sparked after bringing her two young teens boys with her to visit the Chicago technology startup spaces of 1871 and The Chicago Connectory located at The Merchandise Mart.
Exposing the boys to the innovative startup world inspired them to see an example of what they might become one day. With the help of a few teachers, Christine developed platforms that will enable future leaders to harness the power of learning from accomplished older teens who recently walked in the young teens' shoes, that support both their inevitable failures and impended successes and dreams.
Manager of Curriculum and Training
Tara is a Business Teacher and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) adviser at Normal Community High School. Her educational ideal is to support youth as they pursue their own passions and achieve their personal excellence – whatever shape that may take.
Program Outreach Coordinator
Evan Trad teaches diverse learners in Chicago. Outside of teaching he has a passion for entrepreneurship where he has built and ran several successful businesses. He loves to read, cook, travel and spend time with his two dogs.
Teen Innovator Peer Mentors are hand-picked by our staff with the highest expectations based on recommendations, past mentorship experience, and passion for helping young teens. Our peer mentors begin their mentorship journey with a dedicated training program and regularly participate in additional training opportunities, all coordinated by certified teachers.
Freshman at Purdue | Studies Engineering | Loves to code & work out
College Freshman | Studies Neurobiology | Loves Baking & Running
Sophomore at Fashion Inst. of Technology | Graphics & Art | Music
Sophomore at Northwestern | Computer Science & Biology | Loves baking
Senior in HS | Loves Math | Plays Baseball, Golf & Video Games
Sophomore in HS | STEM, Math, Science & Music | Collects Comic Books