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After School Matters

Through funding from After School Matters and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) was able to provide jobs for 75 youth this summer.  LSNA chose to host so many youth in response to the increase of gang violence in the summer and in an effort to help the Logan Square area gain a more positive perspective on local teens. LSNA wanted to give teens an opportunity to have a positive impact on the community, gain job skills, and a chance to develop relationships with community organizers and leaders.
    On Friday, August 8th, teens and their families came together to show off their community and arts projects at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square. Projects included: oral histories and photography of the Bloomingdale Trail (http://www.lsna.net/display.aspx?pointer=6424); handmade books; public service announcements on teen pregnancy and gang violence; social justice teaching curriculum, and a theater performance written and performed by the youth. By the time this summer’s ASM program finished, residents and local store owners wondered how more teens could get involved.
    For more information on how you can help youth in your community, please contact Juliet de Jesus Alejandre, LSNA Education Organizer, at (773) 384-4370 ex. 18 or at jalejandre@lsna.net.