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Chicago’s nextScholars Paves Way for Students

Celebrations begin after decisions are announced. (Photo by Phillip Shilling)

Audio Slideshow: Follow the journey of these Chicago college hopefuls.

By Audrey Plank, Elizabeth Schuetz and Phillip Shilling

Despite 40 mph winds whistling outside, students from more than 80 Chicago-area high schools gathered on Oct. 26 to attend the Fourth annual Chicago Scholars Onsite Admissions Event at the UIC Forum.

While the morning was dark, dreary, and rainy, the atmosphere inside the UIC Forum was anything but. Amid interviews and introductions were cheers of joy and excitement as scholars gained admission and scholarships to national universities on the spot.

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CYIC Hosts Social Justice Expo at Truman College

Audio Slideshow: 2010 CYIC Social Justice Expo Poetry Slam audio slideshow, including an excerpt of the poem “Temptation of My Mind.”

By Matt Gentile and James Mazurek

The Chicago Youth Initiating Change (CYIC) hosted its fourth annual social justice expo on May 20 at Truman College.

Students from all areas of the city and the nearby suburbs attended the event. The CYIC uses its social justice exposition every year to aware of issues to bring about social change.

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CPS Undergoes Budget Cuts as CEO Gets a Raise

By Rachel Metea and Leena Saleh

Chicago Public Schools are taking a major hit in light of recent budget cuts. Schools are now facing the elimination of teachers, sophomore sports and school materials.

The proposed budget for the next year plans to cut $1.3 billion dollars in funding for education within the state of Illinois. In Chicago $368 million will be cut to the Chicago Public School system. Statewide, 30,000 teachers will be without jobs come September and in Chicago 2,700 teaching jobs have been eliminated.

At the same time, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools Ron Huberman awarded himself a $300,000 yearly pay increase as well as giving his administrative staff raises. Outlined in the budget, the top officials in each of the 53 departments within CPS as well as many of their assistants have received raises this year.

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True Star Program Gives Chicago Youth a Chance

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The True Star Foundation program gives Chicago students hands-on experience in the media arts, including magazines and radio.

Since the Fall of 2004, the True Star Foundation has been working with Chicago youth to teach them skills in journalism, marketing and publishing. The nonprofit organization that provides a creative outlet in the form of literary and professional development programs for youth.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Stephanie Williams, Cicely Teal and Essence McDowell spent time with the students, True Star’s founders and others to see how the program is making a difference in the kids’ lives.