A Poem. A Hope. A Message

David Nekimken   We Are Not Alone*   I Gunshots shatter the night Bleeding youth Wailing ambulances, Death by gang symbol Death by street boundary Death by mistaken identity Death by stray bullet Shards of life dreams.   Sobbing mothers Despairing fathers Avenging siblings, Daily occurrences as Dead-end every days Police intervention (often too little, […]

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Standing up for the kids on her block

Diane Latiker saw children suffering and stepped forward. Her life ha since changed. So has the live of several hundred youngsters on Chicago’s South Side. Listen to this interview from blogger Marcie Hill, one of our We Are Not Alone contributors, with Diane Latiker, who founded Kids Off the Block. Marcie writes:   I had […]

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Teens find base is not always a job

By Ashley Walker Lincoln Park High School With unemployment at almost 9 percent in Illinois, jobs are treasured and hard to come by. Once you have one, it can be a fight to keep it. This can be especially hard on teens. According to a study by Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies, teen […]

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Here’s help for finding jobs for youths

Extra News Posted on 06-23-2011 Youth turn lives around with work training and education programs by Maureen Kelleher, trad. Víctor Flores A few years ago, Steven Cortes left Curie High School without a diploma. Now, at age 20, he’s working in a call center, has college credits under his belt and is hoping to transfer […]

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Standing on the Corners for Peace

Community gears up for summer – and uptick in crime by Angela Evans on June 2, 2011 If you drive or walk around the West Side on Wednesday or Thursday night in June, you’ll see people standing on corners, united in prayer and hope that there will be less violence this summer. This effort – […]

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Mentors Making a Difference

By Shamirah Jones and Imani Johnson “How you doin’?” talk show host Wendy Williams asks her teen-filled audience at the start of each show. Most of us would not want to reveal our most intimate thoughts on national television. However, everyone needs someone to talk with, especially when things aren’t going well at school or […]

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