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BOTY celebrates community heroes

Back of the Yards residents came together on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to celebrate heroes of the community. Mauricio Hernandez, 19, was one of more than 15 youth in attendance at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Quarterly Council Meeting, where four 9th District police officers and Back of the Yards business owner Ricardo […]

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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 […]

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Richards students expand learning through service abroad

While some young people spent their spring break hanging out with friends or glued to screens, two Richards Career Academy students traveled to West Africa to help build a school. Since taking the helm a couple years ago, Richards Principal Durrell Anderson has been working to build partnerships with various organizations to expand students’ horizons and overall learning experiences. Through a partnership with international nonprofit organization Build On, several Richards […]

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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 […]

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What’s up with that? Local youth step up for their communities

By the time you read this column, Chicago’s primary election results will be in. We’ll know who won some hotly contested Northwest Side primary races. We’ll also know how successful grassroots groups like the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council were in getting out the vote to show support for raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour […]

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Richards Career Academy Student to Represent School in National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals

Cecilia Sanchez, a senior at Richards Career Academy and resident of Back of the Yards, will represent her school and neighborhood during the National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America, a nationwide career and technical student organization. Students from several high schools within the Chicago Public Schools system competed in several topics. Sanchez received […]

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Congratulations to Alvaro Alcauter, a senior from Richards Career Academy

Alvaro Alcauter is a recipient of the Comcast Leaders and Achievers $1,000 Scholarship. He recently received the Cook County Sheriff’s Youth Service Medal of Honor Award for contributing 200 hours of community service in his school and his community. “It meant a lot, since I was the only Hispanic person there. I was the only […]

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Mother Laments Over Son’s Recent Death

Note from the editor: Last week, as we worked on some of the stories for this issue, I overheard Monica Reynoso, our bilingual translator and Back of the Yards resident, on the phone with her mother. Given our crowded shoulder-to-shoulder situation in the office, I could not help but listen to the whole conversation. She […]

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Richards Career Academy Awarded 5.6 Million Dollars

Richards Career Academy was among the 13 schools that recently received $5.6 million over the next three fiscal years in federal School Improvement Grant funds to drastically improve their quality of education. The school was selected after a rigorous application and review process that included participation from state and national experts, teachers, parents, and community […]