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Students Demand End To Harsh School Punishments (VIDEO)

"Whose school? Our School!"

Jairon Nunez representing LSNA speaks in support of Bill SB3004 to reform school discipline by reducing harsh punishments and eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline.

Teens take Neighborhood Newcomers on Tour of "Real Logan Square"

The impact of violence is one of many community issues addressed by local students and youth organizers during Logan Square Neighborhood Association's second annual youth community tour Saturday morning.

Graduating Seniors Testify to Elev8’s Strengths

These Elev8 students who are about to graduate from High School and continue on to college are the kind of leaders all of our communities can be proud of.

Ames Military School Opposition to be a Focus of Neighborhood Congress

“It’s another way to keep politicians on their feet and tell them we have power and we can do a lot — especially when we have the support of the community,” said Jennifer Valasquez, 19, a youth organizer with the association and former Kelvyn Park High School student.

Ames Change to Military Academy Approved by Board of Education

Maldonado has pushed for the switch for over a year, and it was recently backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, even though Board of Education President David Vitale said a year ago that there was no such change under consideration.

Board members approve Ames military conversion

Maldonado’s proof of support also was questioned. He said he had a “scientific” survey done to gauge community support for the Ames conversion into a military school and it found that 72 percent of the 300 respondents want it.

However, one mother from Ames played board members a tape of the phone message of the survey sponsored by Maldonado. In it, Ames is called a gang-infested school.

Parent Mentor Program Celebrates Statewide Expansion, Urges Legislators To Continue Funding (Video)

"Trained parents are now incorporated into more than 400 classrooms across Illinois. Training is provided by 13 grassroots organizations, including founding organizations like the Logan Square Neighborhood Organization and Southwest Organizing Project."

Reportan graves problemas administrativos en escuela de Logan Square (Video)

Kelvyn Park High School Sophomore and LSNA Youth Leader Katy Penaloza spoke with Univision TV about the KPHS community plan created by youth, parents and teachers.

Our Young People - Telling the Truth about Underutilization

"... we need to be taught to be someone not something"

Organizers and Legislators Band Together to Push for Driver’s License Reform at State Level

"Jennifer Velazquez, an organizer with Logan Square Neighborhood Association and student at Northeastern Illinois University, is one of the many youths that have lost a parent to ICE. Her father was detained by ICE when agents arrived at her family’s home in the early hours of Sept. 14 last year."

LSNA Youth Leader, Arely Barrera speaks out to UnivisionNews of Miami - Video

LSNA Youth Leader, Arely Barrera speaks out to UnivisionNews of Miami - " Students need smaller classes for a better education."

Editorial: Roll back suspensions at Chicago Public Schools

Congratulations to LSNA youth leaders from Kelvyn Park High School who participated in the Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) campaign.

Positive Youth Development: Youth Lead Change in Chicago Schools

Authors are youth leaders with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association -- part of VOYCE -- in Chicago. L to R: Dalia Basurto, Jennifer Velazquez, Gaby Hernandez, Julio Castañeda, Robert Ramirez, and Juan Barbosa.

Board updates student rules, responds to fired teachers

Revisions to the CPS Student Code of Conduct and comments by LSNA student leader Jasmine Sarmiento a junior at Kelvyn Park High School.