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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 […]

“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 […]

Local youth find clean parks may increase resident usage

*Story written by youth journalists Jocelyn Castillo, Jazlyn Castillo, and Carla Magana from the Green Voices Program. Pilsen is known for its great food and diverse community. Last summer during a group interview, Pilsen residents identified their neighborhood as a place for family and culture but with a gap between city and nature. This gap was clearly […]

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Unexpected? The Truth About Teens, Sex

Sex. Teenagers. We as a society have no qualms thinking about or discussing the two subjects separately, but put them together and they’re a taboo topic. One campaign seeks to address that. If you’ve traveled around the city, especially via public transit, chances are that you’ve caught a glimpse of the Chicago Department of Health’s […]

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Pink Panthers Program Promotes Girl Power

Lara Academy after school program is helping girls navigate through teen issues Every Monday, a group of sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls at Lara Academy in Back of the Yards gets together after school to discuss the challenges of being a teen. The group is called Pink Panthers and its helping girls navigate through […]

Lara Academy Meets WNBA Player Swin Cash

Forty sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls from Lara Academy’s Girls in the Game after school program participated in a basketball clinic on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Sachs Rec Center in Deerfield, Ill. where they met Chicago Sky WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Swin Cash. The girls had the opportunity to talk to Cash […]

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Frustration Over Chris Brown Grammy Win

The Grammys are known as music’s biggest night, a night where musicians and producers from an array of musical genres come together to celebrate the most distinct artists of the year. It’s a night where feuds and egos are put aside (well some egos) and a mutual respect is given to all. Of course, things […]

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Peer Pressure: Making the Wrong Decisions is No Joke

“If your friends jump off a cliff, are you going to jump off after them?” That is often the question parents ask when they know their teens are following the actions of their peers, instead of their own. This phrase often means “just because all your friends are doing something that you’re not supposed to, […]

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AP Courses: Get an Early Start to College

Are You a Junior or Senior and Still Don’t Know What Career Path to Choose? Well ask your school counselor about Advanced Placement courses and explore different topics that may help you choose the career that you were born to pursue. What You Should Know: Advanced Placement classes are college-level classes that prepare students for […]

A Recap on World Wide Soccer League Action

This week was full of soccer activity around the world. We had some interesting matches that included some of the most popular soccer clubs in the world. This weekend, we got action in the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Liga Mexicana de Futbol and in Major League Soccer. We started off with […]