Stopping a fatal disease, CeaseFire’s work

Youth Summit Screens for Change By Mark Corece Nearly 100 Chicago Public School students banned together—stemming from over 11 organizations around the city—for Kartemquin Films youth media summit where students and their mentors watched the upcoming film The Interrupters. The five-hour summit at Columbia College was a proactive and participatory experience for youth to be […]

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Funds down, despair up

Youth call for jobs program to curb violence While young people at loose ends roam Chicago’s streets, some of them causing trouble, elected officials continue to do little about crisis-level youth unemployment. Nearly 100 Chicago area youth calling for funding for a summer jobs program were turned away today after they announced plans for a […]

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Don’t Stand Back and Watch

Groups working to end violence featured in media campaign Effort to get minority press to tell success stories By La Risa Lynch Filmmaker Derek Grace was tired of seeing reports of another teen shot dominate the 10 p.m. news. So he picked up his camera to film a different side of the violence plaguing south […]

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These Fighters Always Win: The Losses Too

From reputed gang leader to respected coach Former gang leader turns life around, uses boxing to help youth By La Risa Lynch (written for the North Lawndale Community News) It’s Tuesday afternoon and Coach Derek Brown watches with a critical eye. He stands just outside of the boxing ring, but within ear shot of two […]

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