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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 […]

Comcast Foundation awards grant to BYNC’s Community Technology Center

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Comcast Foundation awards grant to BYNC’s Community Technology Center

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) was recently awarded a $21,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support the Community Technology Center (CTC).  The Community Technology Center is an instructor-facilitated computer lab designed to assist neighborhood residents with necessary word processing, internet research, homework help and resume development/employment opportunities.  Through increasing the technological […]

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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 […]

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Demystifying the selective enrollment process

Middle school can be stressful for many young students who are starting to learn about the importance of responsibility, good grades and test scores. Aside from the stresses coming from school, many students are also learning how to cope with all the physical and emotional changes related to adolescence. It’s not a secret, 7th grade is one of the most important […]

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Back to school: A look inside two neighborhood high schools

As students across the city head back to school we thought it was time to check in with principals from two neighborhood high schools, Richards Career Academy and Tilden Career Community Academy to see what’s on the agenda for the new year. Richards Career Academy Located on the corner of 50th and Laflin Streets, Richards […]