21st Century Charter School teacher, Janell Lewis fulfills ‘life purpose” teaching students and teachers to “Be Great!”
While dozens of teachers have abandoned their mission to educate youth in Gary, Indiana, one South Side Chicago native is challenging students and teachers to be great in a community that thousands of people have left. The birthplace of pop idol Michael Jackson is now a place where hundreds of youth cannot leave and who aren’t sure if anyone will ever know their names.
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.
“A Place of Peace in the Midst of Turmoil” is what one Chicago Spoken Word and Hip Hop artist has created in the Bridgeport Neighborhood at The Spoken WordMagazine & Lounge.
Jerode Rodgers, whose stage name is Jeronimo Speaks, gives Chicagoans a ‘place of peace’ with the open mic showcase, Solace Souls Sundays, which he hosts every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.
Founder of Row Cypher Inc. “Redefining Our World Cypher”
Roosevelt University criminal justice student and spoken word artist, Ted Weissberg, is using performance arts as a way to “bring people together peacefully from different backgrounds” with Row Cypher Inc., an organization he founded in 2011.
Row Cypher, which stands for “Redefining Our World Cypher” hosts open mics, plays, concerts and offers services to schools and youth centers in Chicago.
Weissberg talks with Chicago Rises about how Row Cypher started out as a dorm room open mic on the campus of Roosevelt University, and grew into a performing arts organization.