Category: Youth Stories

Leaving Zacatecas – A Walk Across the Border

Written by Alvaro P. – A member of the Firewriters Ensemble ––– Damon was our first son together. I walked across the border, Never asking ‘if’ or ‘whether’ I walked away from Zacatecas To find mi hermano it was easy, facil I had no papers, no big deal — LEAVING ZACATECAS, ZACATECAS WHERE THE EAGLE […]

The Very Model of a Modern Major General

We missed seeing J. in our Storycatchers program for a few weeks – he was busy doing other things. He is part of a special group of young men at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center called the Ambassadors. They’re long-term residents of the facility who are awaiting trial, typically on adult charges. While at […]

A Memo to Mayor Lightfoot

Mayor Lightfoot sent out a city-wide request for feedback about how to improve Chicago’s education system. Our young adults in Changing Voices, all of whom who have been through the public school system, wrote this memo about what her priorities should be.