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Longtime dance teacher shares insights on program success

In light of the BYNC Ballet Folklorico program’s recent success at the ACADEZ Folklorico National Competition in Texas, The Gate asked Director Salvador Cisneros to share his insights on what it takes to become national champions. The dancers took home numerous awards, winning first place in every category in which they participated. What was the […]

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CPS, City Officials Welcome New Back of the Yards High School

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony introducing the new Back of the Yards High School Thursday. On that same day, the school held its first freshman orientation and open house where incoming students had a chance to tour the new building and meet the school staff. The new […]

Latinos Have Higher Chances of Falling Victim to Housing Discrimination, Local Organizations Aim to Educate Residents

In an effort to educate the community on fair housing issues and their rights and obligations as landlords or tenants, the Latino Policy Forum, in conjunction with National Housing Services (NHS) offered a series of free workshops in Back of the Yards on Aug. 22 and 23 designed to help residents gain a better understanding […]

BYNC Ballet Folklorico Celebrates Día del Niño

In anticipation of the traditionally Mexican celebration Día del Niño also known as Children’s Day, the BYNC Ballet Folklorico treated its dedicated youth dancers and their families to an evening full of fun and surprises on Saturday, April 14 at the St. Joseph Parish gym. The celebration, emceed by Prof. Salvador Cisneros, brought together hundreds […]

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Back of the Yards Residents March Against Domestic Violence

The cold and rainy night on Thursday, Oct. 20, did not stop the approximately 30 Back of the Yards residents, community organizers and police officers that gathered for a neighborhood walk against domestic violence. Participants wore purple ribbons, carried  signs and balloons, and chanted messages against domestic violence. They walked through several streets in Back […]

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Monthly EAVI/CAPS Meeting Report: Halloween Safety

In efforts to keep residents informed and discuss ways to increase safety in the neighborhood while helping eliminate and displace crime in the area, the Expanded Anti-Violence Initiative and CAPS held once again their monthly meeting at Chavez Multicultural Academy. The following is a recap of the Sept. 6 meeting: CAPS Update: With Halloween around […]

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Monthly 9th District EAVI Meeting Report: Back to School Safety, Community Involvement

Each month, the 9th District Expanded Anti-Violence Initiative (EAVI) meets at Chavez Multicultural Academy to discuss to ways to reduce, displace and eliminate crime in the area. This month, community residents and leaders gathered to talk about back to school safety and ways the community could get involved to reduce crime. The following is a […]

Report EAVI/Task Force Meeting: Residents Fight Crime, Engage Youth

Be proactive. That was the message at this month’s Expanded Anti-Violence Initiative (EAVI) meeting on Thursday, July 7 at Chavez Multicultural Academy. The main topic was summer safety. According to Officer Tony Mejia, one major concern during the summer is the safety of the most vulnerable. Mejia encouraged family members to perform safety checks on […]

Illinois Saves Graduates Local Residents

On Tuesday, June 28, a group of men and women from Back of the Yards and other Chicago neighborhoods became the newest generation of graduates of Illinois Saves, a financial literacy program certified by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and administered by Heartland Human Care Services. Illinois Saves is a course […]

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Immigration Status: Not an Obstacle to End Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence: Have a Plan, Know Your Rights If I am a victim of domestic violence, what can I do? This was one of the many questions answered on Thursday, June 24, at the Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Domestic Violence Workshop held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Kathleen Callahan Senior Attorney and Rose Mraz, […]