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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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Back of the Yards’ very own launch new cafe

Once the home to the Union Stockyards, Back of the Yards is now home to its newest and only coffee shop dedicated to bringing artisanal coffee to the neighborhood. The Back of the Yards Coffeehouse and Roastery, 2059 W. 47th Street, celebrated its grand opening on Sat. May 13, 2017. Mayra Azucena Hernandez is a […]

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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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Healing Through Art, Love & Peace Circles at PBMR

The smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air as you open the door at Art on 51st.  It is a quaint and cozy gallery space that is utilized for multiple purposes. There is a lot of noise in the room from different voices conversing as they get ready to have the  Restorative Justice Community […]

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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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A Back of the Yards West Point Story

Sitting upright with perfect posture in his living room sofa chair, Back of the Yards College Prep (BOYCP) Senior Zorian Flowers described how, like many before him, a book helped shape and inspire his future.  Flowers, 17, was recently accepted into the prestigious United States Military Academy known as West Point.  He credits Battle Dress, […]

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Collaborations form to organize immigration workshops

Photo by: Keyandre Jackson Mural by: Martanoemí Noriega (Panamá) Jenny Morales Olaya (Panamá) Delilah D. Salgado (Chicago), Valerie Valdez (Chicago), Gloe (Chicago) In neighborhoods across the city, immigration advocacy groups have been generating information sessions to keep undocumented residents and allies informed about their rights under the law. Beginning late last year, several information sessions […]