BeyondMedia Education

November 13th, 2009


 On this edition of Community Media & You we talk with Beyondmedia, a nonprofit whose mission is to work with under-served and under-represented women, youth and communities to tell their stories. And to empower them as they organize for social justice through the creation and distribution of media arts.
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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.

Chicago Freedom School

September 2nd, 2008


Most Chicago teens spend their summer vacations lounging on the beach or hanging out with friends.  Some are lucky enough to find temporary jobs and earn extra money for the school year.But few teens would consider spending their vacation inside a classroom doing research.The Chicago Freedom School isn’t like other schools.  Teen fellows from around the city learn leadership skills and community organizing strategies.  With the guidance of staff members, fellows choose an independent project on a social issue affecting their community.  This fall, they will return to their high schools and neighborhoods with new tools they can use as positive forces for change.On this episode of Community, Media and You, we’ll hear how some teens spent their summer vacations from two Chicago Freedom School fellows, Alexandra Pate and Sandra Gonzalez.  We will also hear from the school’s youth organizer, Hilda Franco.

Healing the Hood

June 19th, 2008




How should a community respond when rival gangs, gun violence or drug dealing control its streets? Young people energize a community, and with the warm weather finally here, more and more will be out of doors – and potentially in harm’s way. While street violence and kids killing kids sounds all too familiar to some of Chicago’s neighborhoods, the Little Village community is taking back its streets in a more creative way. Read the rest of this entry »




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