Youth Violence in Illinois

October 19th, 2009


 Today on Community Media & You, we take another look at how youth violence is impacting teens in Illinois. The recent events at Fenger High School exposed the nation to an arduous world Chicago African-American teen males must navigate. However, how does being a witness to this violence affect young women as they progress to adulthood? How is their education and development being impacted? What solutions are they seeking to reduce the level of violence in their communities?
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Youth Violence and Mikva Challenge

August 24th, 2009



The number of Chicago Public School students gunned down this year tops three dozen. Thirty-one died two years ago. Daily students skirt street organization borders to avoid threats to personal safety as they travel from home to school. Adults wring their hands in dismay, some criticizing school authorities, others seeking ore law enforcement. But a recent survey of Chicago high school students reveals some more basic remedies focused on building healthier communities an families through economic and emotional supports, reducing the availability of handguns and providing early intervention programs. Mikva Challenge, a civic leadership program working with over 4500 youths each year conducted the survey about the causes and solutions of violence in the city. On this episode of Community Media & You, we’ll talk with three high school students about the realities of violence in their communities and what should be done about it.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

September 26th, 2007



Summer vacation is the time of year most high school students kick back and take a break from their more serious endeavors. The majority of students pass the time hanging out with friends or working seasonal jobs.Mikva Challenge’s Summer Government and Leadership Institute provides an alternative for the high schooler interested in getting involved with their government. Read the rest of this entry »




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