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Back of the Yards celebrates first tree lighting ceremony

The blustery winds didn’t stop hundreds of Back of the Yards (BOTY) students and their families from decorating holiday trees for the first annual tree lighting ceremony. Organized by Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC), the new neighborhood tradition was celebrated on the unseasonably warm Monday evening of Dec. 4. The celebration included the participation of […]

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Local youth volunteer to promote healthy living

Every Tuesday people from all over the neighborhood start lining up at 6 a.m. at the United Human Services Center. They wait for as long as four hours until the food pantry officially opens. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., volunteers along with Godwin and Veronica Akpan feed 150 to 200 families. Even before opening, […]

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Youth Soccer Tournament Making an Impact

“The lack of resources and activities for our children and youth in our communities has a lot to do with the gang-violence affecting our neighborhoods,” said Maria Ruiz, a Back of the Yards parent. In efforts to reduce gang-violence and provide a healthy alternative for at-risk youth in Chicago’s South side neighborhoods (Back of the […]