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BOYCP celebrates first graduating class

Around this time four years ago, the Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School (BOYCP) was in its final stages of completion. Fast forward to June 10, 2017, and the first graduating class was on the campus football field ready to take their seats as they prepare to make their parents, peers and community proud. […]

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BOYCP students put on their own rendition of Hamilton

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School auditorium (which doubles as one of the city’s public libraries) and found an open seat next to a smiling Abuelita and her grandson. Soon, flickering lights signaled the […]

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Tome Ventaja de Talleres y Seminarios Gratis Durante Money Smart Week

A partir de este sábado 22 de abril hasta el 29 de abril, Money Smart Week ofrecerá más de 300 clases de educación financiera en Chicago. Muchas de estas clases serán realizadas en español para la comunidad Latina Cuando: April 29, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Donde: Chicago Public Library/ Back of the Yards […]

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An Open Letter to Young Brown Girls Everywhere

Dear Brown Girl, You see everything. You notice people around you growing and changing, because you are perceptive. Keep that. Trust your instincts. This world will tell you that feelings are not real and that logic trumps all of that, but know that those feelings are generationally taught. You’ve inherited an eye and an instinct […]

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Chavez Elementary raises the bar

With support from parents, school faculty and community partnerships, Chavez students are achieving high levels of academic success and the news is making many proud. A little over 26 percent of Chávez eighth grade students were notified of their acceptance into various selective enrollment high schools across Chicago in early March. The selective enrollment high […]

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Youth Stay Up ’til Dawn in the Name of Peace

With hair all over the floor, two barbers and a little more than 200 teens, walking into the Port Ministries cafeteria was a humbling sight to see. Kae, from Rockstar Barbershop in Pilsen spoke to teens as they huddled around him and his business partner Jon. He spoke to them about the recent experience he […]

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Richards students reflect on the Hamilton musical

For some Chicago high school students, Wednesday, March 15 was not a typical day in the classroom. A long line snaked outside the Private Bank Theater downtown, where well-dressed students waited to be let inside the historic landmark.    With the support of a number funders including the Rockefeller Foundation, 20,000 Chicago high school students […]

“They Call us Alien”

  My mom came to the U.S when she was 14   Hair thicker than her accent   Crossed planes of desert with nothing but water and the prayers she kept in her pocket   Grew up here cleaning toilets in houses she’ll never get to live in   Had 7 children, when I was […]

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Mayor Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman announce Chicago Star Scholarship for Chicago Public High School students

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced the Chicago Star Scholarship today that will help ensure more Chicago Public High School students are able to pursue the dream of college without accumulating burdensome debt. Through Chicago STAR Scholarship, City Colleges of Chicago will provide scholarships in the form of […]

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Q & A with local school counselors: What you should know about the high school application process

In our last issue, we started a conversation about the high school application process and what students in middle school need to keep in mind as they select the best school for them. We all know that in Chicago applying for high school is almost as challenging as applying for college. As more and more […]