Tuesday, May 12, 2009

West Side Youth "Shout" a Message of Peace in Response to Area Violence

CPS Students Work Together to Make Their Dream Community a Reality

In the face of a rising death toll of Chicago youth, over 500 Chicago Public Schools students will gather Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 to deliver their community poems of peace to the North Lawndale and Little Village communities. 

Students from the America SCORES Chicago program will meet at Douglas Park on Chicago's West Side to shout out their concerns as part of SCORES' service-learning event: the Shout! Community Service Day. 

SCORES students will each write and perform "Community Dream Poetry" to articulate what they like, dislike and want to change in their communities, and discuss violence prevention through conflict resolution and policy change.  The Shout! goes against the saying “children should be seen and not heard” by giving students a chance to confront the issues directly affecting their lives.  The Shout! is the culmination of America SCORES Chicago's Writing for the Community program, an after-school curriculum designed to challenge and empower students to generate positive change in their communities.

Please join us on Thursday, May 14 or Friday, May 15 at 4PM at Douglas Park's Nike Soccer Field (16th and California) to learn from Chicago's West Side youth.

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