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Residents celebrate Dia del Niño at Cornell Square Park

 State Rep. Esther Golar talks about the importance of organizing block-by-block A steady stream of community residents came to Cornell Square Park throughout the day on Saturday, April 26 for the Dia del Niño Celebration. The event featured a community resource fair with nearly a dozen nonprofits and service providers on hand to share information […]

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Safety concerns remain following mass shooting

Residents plan events to take back Cornell Square Park After the shooting that left 13 people wounded, including a 3-year old child at Cornell Square Park, residents like Natash Nelson are hesitant to frequent not only Cornell but other public areas nearby. Nelson lives on 51st Street and Seeley Avenue. She takes her children to […]

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Union Impact Center Concludes Soccer Tournament, Honors Players at Awards Ceremony (PHOTOS)

On Friday Aug. 16, the Union Impact Center hosted its Summer Soccer Award celebration at Cornell Square Park.  Founded by Chicago police officer Rafael Yañez, the Union Impact Center is a volunteer-based network of mentors that provide after school activities to community youth, particularly those residing in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. “Our goal […]

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Monthly 9th District EAVI Meeting Report: Back to School Safety, Community Involvement

Each month, the 9th District Expanded Anti-Violence Initiative (EAVI) meets at Chavez Multicultural Academy to discuss to ways to reduce, displace and eliminate crime in the area. This month, community residents and leaders gathered to talk about back to school safety and ways the community could get involved to reduce crime. The following is a […]

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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 […]