Tag: youth

Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos

Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos
Most photographs of schools show children running, playing, seated in a classroom. But the Chicago Public Schools in Sophia Nahli Allison’s photographs are devoid of any life. The black-and-white images highlight the imposing, impersonal nature of school buildings, planted next to empty playgrounds and concrete stretches. That’s because what Allison’s photographs represent are not what... Read more »

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice
A week after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, hundreds of people turned out Saturday afternoon in Chicago to protest the verdict. The plaza in front of the Dirksen Federal Building resonated with shouts for justice for Martin, with marchers holding signs and wearing various shirts donning Martin’s face... Read more »

Will mandatory prison time for gun possession charges make Chicago safer?

The debate over how to stop the bloodshed in Chicago headed south last week as Illinois lawmakers took up a bill that would put more people with guns behind bars–for longer. There is a logic behind HB 2265, which was introduced by state Rep. Michael Zalewski, a Democrat from west suburban Riverside. The argument: that... Read more »
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Obama on violence: less guns, more fathers

Obama on violence: less guns, more fathers
In a long-awaited speech addressing violence and economic opportunity in Chicago, President Barack Obama today touched the need for a “ladder of opportunity” for communities facing urban violence. “It’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months,” Obama said to a crowd that included the parents of slain youth Hadiya Pendleton, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin... Read more »

Video: Young gun violence victim Ondolee Perteet gets back on his feet

Video: Young gun violence victim Ondolee Perteet gets back on his feet
Ondelee Perteet nearly became a statistic. When the 18-year-old was shot in the jaw in September 2009, the bullet severed his spine. He was told he would never walk again. Now, three and a half years later, he is slowly getting back on his feet. The Chicago Reporter sat down with Perteet and his mother... Read more »

Get the news from West Humboldt Park from the teens who live it

When you hear about West Humboldt Park in the news, it’s often about a shooting, a fire or some other societal ill. But if you ever visit the  West Side Writing Project, you’ll see the neighborhood through the eyes of the young people who walk its streets every day. The project has students who cover... Read more »
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Are overlaps between school closings and youth violence a coincidence?

Just blocks from Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale where The Chicago Reporter sets up camp for its weekly radio show are two schools on the turnaround and closure list voted on by the Chicago Board of Education last month. Thomas Herzl Elementary School, at 3711 W. Douglas Blvd., is slated for turnaround next year, and... Read more »

New transition housing for LGBT youth hopes to offer a safe space

New transition housing for LGBT youth hopes to offer a safe space
Being young, as well as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, comes with its own challenges, but some young people in Chicago face an additional challenge: homelessness. A new transitional housing program in Humboldt Park, El Rescate, hopes to build both community and an accepting space, while also helping LGBT youth off the street. “Queer... Read more »

A search for summer jobs--and dollars for summer job programs

A search for summer jobs--and dollars for summer job programs
Several dozen young people from around Chicago rallied for an expanded summer jobs program yesterday morning in the Loop, demanding full funding for legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law about a year ago. That bill, titled the Community Youth Employment Act, allows nonprofits, educational institutions and governmental entities to apply for a new pool... Read more »
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