Across Chicago

Photo Credit: Chicago Reader/Rosario Zavala

Photo Credit: Chicago Reader/Rosario Zavala

Chicago teenager Shavon Collins gives a first-person account of her fears, hopes, and dreams as she begins her freshman year of high school.

Project Fierce Chicago purchased an apartment building which will become supportive housing for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

YOUth EmPOWERment Day was held on Emmett Till commemorative weekend to educate and empower Chicago youth around issues of race and violence.

South Side

(Englewood, West Englewood, Roseland, South Shore, and more)

Photo Credit: Obama Foundation

Photo Credit: Obama Foundation

The Obama Foundation kicked-off an architect competition for the design of the Obama Presidential Library, which should feature a Presidential Suite for the Obamas, museum, and community garden.

A British newspaper names The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum as a notable destination for Chicago tourists, remarking on the Pullman community’s place in Civil Rights Era history.

In Englewood, teens interning with the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation this summer received IT training and certification from Cisco. The project aimed to increase South Side teens’ exposure to careers in tech.

West Side

(Austin, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, and more)

Photo Credit: DNAinfo/Paul Biasco

Photo Credit: DNAinfo/Paul Biasco

Youth Ambassadors representing Chicago’s Youth Service project act as “etiquette police” for The 606 running through Humboldt Park, with the mission to give feedback which will improve users’ experiences with the trail.

A play showing at Austin Town Hall seeks to highlight “people doing heroic things” in the face of violent crime in Chicago.