Alternatives is a non profit organization that aims to give youth space to creatively express themselves and learn more about health. This program has been alive and led by youth since 1971.
My Block My Hood My City takes underprivileged youth out of their community for a day to explore what Chicago has to offer. In fact, many people I’ve met who were born and raised in Chicago would relate to this story because they hadn’t explored their city till they had the privilege of going to a college.
Inside-Out Connection is an organization that keys in on spiritually awakened inmates who desire to further grow in their journey with their God. This organization extends a hand to connect the male inmates with congregations and small groups to help them to facilitate their spirituality and assimilation into society.
In November the execution of Tyshawn Lee, who was 9-years-old when he was murdered in an alley dominated local news publications. This senseless killing broke many Chicagoans hearts.
Corey Morgan, 27-year-old documented gang member was charged with first degree murder of Tyshawn Lee. This assassin stole the media spotlight from individuals around Chicago who had chosen to be constructive in their community rather than being destructive.
In November, the 16-year-old Chicagoan, Stephanie Booker, was awarded a prestigious national honor for academic excellence and community leadership received only a snap shot in local news publications.She is a student at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. She is also a student ambassador and participates in the Science Olympiad ABC 7 Chicago reported.
In this video we took a day to reach out to those people on the L platforms waiting for their trains, and asked them for a one liner to anyone in their life or just a message they wanted to share. This video is a collective “poem” created to give Chicago a face through words. Throughout the video you can meet the beautiful and diverse faces of Chicago along with a personal message from each person. Take a moment to really acknowledge those around you whether it is family, friends, or someone waiting for the train. Everyone is a part of Chicago and everyone has a story to tell. Here are a few, of the many, Chicago was willing to share.
Creating A Public Poem was inspired by the people of Chicago.
The United States has long been characterized as the world’s melting pot. This proud motto, however, does not explain how Chicago has been deemed the most segregated city in the country, and how prejudices against race and class affect the everyday lives of its citizens. The goal of protesters Wednesday, was to increase Chicago’s current minimum wage of $8.25, to a more livable wage of fifteen dollars an hour.
The melting pot was alive and well on the University of Illinois at Chicago’s campus, where groups such as: Action Now, Young Black Perspective, Faculty Forward, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Valemos Más, and many others joined forces to combat income inequality and promote a livable wage for all. Even Mayoral candidate Chuy García was in attendance.
Kate Walsch is an author, nurse, and lifelong social activist, who was more than happy to speak about the injustices facing working-class Chicagoans.