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Chicago Youth Fight For Hip Hop!

We Are Hip Hop Festival Hosted by ElevArte Community Studio Youth Chicago Park District’s Night In the Parks partner ElevArte Community Studio has announced its 9th Annual We Are Hip Hop Festival entirely planned and curated by Chicago youth on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 1 to 6p.m. in the heart of Pilsen- Dvorak Park District: […]

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Local priest retires after 24 years of service

  Back of the Yards residents said goodbye with tears in their eyes to a pastor that has served their parish for more than two decades. The Archdiocese of Chicago asked Father John Tilford, the associate pastor at St. Michael the Archangel, to retire after 24 years of service. Surrounded by a congregation of mostly […]

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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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ElevArte Studio sees value in the arts for local youth, holds annual Pozolada fundraiser (PHOTOS)

  Sometimes a bowl of soup can be the right remedy for more than just a cold. Yesterday, around 400 people got together at the third annual Pozolada to sample 30 types of pozole, a traditional Mexican soup. The event was held at the International Union of Operating Engineers building in efforts to raise money for art programs in Pilsen.  Everyone who […]

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New Shelter Brings New Concerns

Ricardo Delgado, 19, still remembers why he left his family. He didn’t get along with his stepfather who, he said, got irritated easily. “There was just a lot of aggression and I got kicked out many times,” Delgado said. His stepfather wanted him to get a job instead of going to school, and that was […]

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Can Jobs Curb Violence?

Two groups team up to offer a job readiness program in Little Village. But are there enough jobs for youth in the city? Two community organizations are preparing at-risk youth and gang members for future job opportunities. Enlace Chicago and Ceasefire Little Village have partnered to offer a set of job-readiness workshops that teaches individuals […]

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Pink Panthers Program Promotes Girl Power

An after school program at Lara Academy, in Back of the Yards, helped girls throughout the year with issues unique to them–such as boys, puberty and bullying. Here is a video where students talk about how the program helped them. Un programa despúes de clases en la Academia Lara, en Back of the Yards, ayudó […]

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Violence in the Street Can Start in the Home

Chicago experts say children experiencing violence in the home are more likely to end up in gangs, but this link goes largely unreported Patricia is a mother of six, who works the night shift at a packing company so she can be there when her kids come home from school. She’s raising her kids alone […]

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Pilsen Walks for Peace

A peace march on April 13 remembered victims of gang violence in Pilsen Pilsen youth marched for peace in memory of those that have recently died to gang violence in their community. Youth from Casa Juan Diego walked under the cold weather on the morning of April 13. Six boys led the walk pushing a […]

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Comedy in the Classroom

Pilsen students use the power of comedy to build self-confidence “Zip. Zap. Zop.” It’s Wednesday morning at William F. Finkl Elementary School in Pilsen and the students in Mrs. Russell’s class have their attention directed to the front of the room. “Zip. Zap. Zop.” Three students are playing a game. Taking turns, they point to […]