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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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Catholic Charities Child Development Center closing

St. John of God Child Development Center, a childcare service provided by Catholic Charities on 51st and Elizabeth St. for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old has officially closed on Friday, June 13. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has more than 150 programs throughout Cook and Lake County. Specifically in the […]

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Urban gardens offer more than just food

  On warm, sunny Saturday mornings, you will see around a dozen youth and adults tending a garden at the corner of 51st and Wolcott. During every summer for the past four years, the once-vacant lot is transformed into a community garden. Here, young people learn how to grow food and how to eat healthier. […]

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Back of the Yards coalition raises funds to put neighborhood youth through college

*To read in Spanish scroll down Para leer en español baja Every year the Peace and Education Coalition, an alliance of public schools, organizations and businesses in Back of the Yards, organizes its annual fundraiser aimed to support local students throughout college. This year is not the exception. The coalition has been busy putting together […]

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Woman of R.A.G.E

Englewood Resident Seeks to Transform Neglected Neighborhood It’s a breezy Sunday morning as Englewood resident Aysha Butler and I head to Ryan Harris Memorial Park. The park is just around the corner from her house, which she’s been living in for a little more than a decade. While other neighborhoods in Chicago enjoy the privilege […]

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Over 120 Residents, Supporters March for Peace Around Back of the Yards

Victoria Page carried a message as she walked along 51st Street, “Peace y’all, peace, stop the violence, stop the violence,” she screamed. Page lives on 73rd Street and Cottage Grove. She said her 16-year-old daughter was shot in one of her arms last weekend while she was at Mandrake Park, in the South Side. “She […]

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Defying the Odds to Awaken a Community

New City Youth Create Newspaper Mural, Urge Residents to Open Lines of Communication Imagine living in a block where 12 to 15 houses are empty and only six or seven remain inhabited. “That ain’t safe to a lot of kids,” said John Jones, 17, who lives on one of those blocks. Every day, youth like Jones […]

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Community Announcement: Housing Wait List Opens

The Chicago Housing Authority is now accepting applications for the re-opening of its public housing community area wait list.  The CHA will be taking applications for residents who live in the following community areas: Douglas Oakland Kenwood New City Fuller Park Residents must show proof of residing in these community areas at the time of […]

Just Like Us: Cornell Square Park Youth Radio Documentary

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Just Like Us: Cornell Square Park Youth Radio Documentary

This summer, TRACE youth participants at Cornell Square Park were busy engaging in critical thinking and brainstorming creative solutions to issues that affect their lives. The TRACE youth program used journalism and media literacy to discuss the issue of adultism – a topic very relevant to inner city youth. On Thursday August 4, program participants […]