Hate is not a new or isolated issue. On July 2, 1999 Ricky Byrdsong, husband and father of three, was murdered by a white supremacist. As the former Men’s Basketball Coach at Northwestern University, his love for sports translated into his work of helping young people in the community reach their full potential.
Imagine. Chicago’s most focused organizations committed to youth development; libraries, museums, advocacy groups, after-school programs, all coming together as one to create a large network of connection.
Like a giant beehive, Hive Chicago created just that, consisting of a staggering 84 different organizations to create the most accessible opportunities for youth to pursue their dreams.
Too many times Chicago is advertised for its violence and fear is forced upon the nation in regards to the city. And while that fear should be acknowledged, so should the counter measures occurring around the city.
On Friday, June 3rd Perspectives Charter Schools held a Peace March from 24th and State to 36th and Wabash. Over 2,000 Perspectives Charter School students showed up, in addition to staff, organizers, media outlets and community members.
I think there is some consensus that we can all share. The world is not fair. We could spend hours arguing the reasons for this unfair playing field or why it seems some people get a leg up in life. These are good questions to be thinking about. But they do not always lead us to answers, a solution, or even a small action of change.
Walking into Curt’s Café is like walking into many other coffee shops. I ordered my coffee, got a scone, and pretended to work. It was a very typical experience, though there was something much greater happening around me.
Streetwise is a street paper that aims to tackle homelessness. The organization offers, employment, housing, and financial literacy for the vendors. Individuals who are unemployed or underemployed can be vendors, receive stable housing, and education to manage their income. And of course, the magazine is engaging!
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.