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Rappers and non-profits team up for youth jobs program and Jackson Park music festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rap artists and native Chicagoans Common and Kanye West have partnered with the Chicago Urban League to create the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. The collaborative will offer year-round jobs to youth and host an annual music festival in Jackson Park. Common and his Common Ground Foundation; Andrea L. Zopp,(…)

Campus panel tackles youth challenges, violence and gangs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For many young African American males in Chicago, not being a part of a gang is not an option. At a University of Chicago Institute of Politics panel discussion titled “The Chicagoland Lens: A Look at Chicago Public Schools,” held at the Quadrangle Club Thursday evening, University of Chicago(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) seeking input on aldermanic menu cash

Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office recently announced two community meetings to discuss how the ward’s discretionary funds will be spent this year. Last year the 5th Ward adopted a process dubbed participatory budgeting, in which residents voted on how to spend $1 million in aldermanic menu money. Beginning this week, constituents from each of the(…)

Hyde Park schools to adopt new CPS computer science curriculum

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School, Ariel Community Academy and University of Chicago (U. of C.) Woodlawn Charter School are three of 46 schools that have been chosen by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to pilot its new computer science curriculum next fall. The computer science programs at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone(…)

Kenwood student advances in CPS Citywide Science Fair

Kenwood student advances in CPS Citywide Science Fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School 11th graders Sebastian Augusthy and Bennett Hensey won gold medals in late March for their science projects at the Chicago Public Schools Citywide Science Fair at the Museum of Science and Industry. Out of the 315 CPS students who participated at the citywide science fair,(…)

South East Chicago Commission may reconsider Celebrate Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is in the early stages of reviewing its programming, a process whose impact on the annual Celebrate Hyde Park festivals remains unclear. In 2010, the SECC, University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement and Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce began co-sponsoring Celebrate Hyde Park,(…)

St. Sabina’s Father Pfleger to speak at St. Thomas

Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of the Faith Community at St. Sabina Church, will be the guest speaker at St. Thomas the Apostle Church’s 11th Annual Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast, which is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Fair Trader hatches new plan

Cindy Pardo is pushing back. For years, Pardo has watched the available space and opportunities for artists in Hyde Park and the broader South Side dwindle, and she has decided to do something about it. Both an artist and a businesswoman, Pardo is sending out feelers for an idea she hatched recently to create a(…)