Coverage can be a particularly prickly thing. Media coverage in particular. In a neighborhood like North Lawndale, we have all kinds of challenges, and to some extent, the negative coverage of our community is honest; the things reported about our community are factual. However, the media usually only covers one side of the story. WCIU, in the piece below, offers another perspective — a neighborhood of both challenges and transformation. (The entire piece is 26 minutes. If you want to jump to the portion that features YMEN, slide over to around the 8:40 mark.)
And it’s particularly exciting that we had our Director of Development, Xavier Ramey, representing us in the studio. Intelligent? Check. Handsome? Check. Passionate? Check. Young man who has grown up through YMEN and has come back to invest in the lives of young men like himself? Check! Xavier, you make us proud. Thanks for having us covered.
We often labor in anonymity. And while we don’t do the work that we do for public recognition, it still feels good to get some. So we are grateful to WGN, and especially Gaynor Hall, for sending us some shine. And of course, we are grateful for the privilege of doing this work. If you didn’t see the feature channel 9 did on YMEN, you can watch the video above.
This video highlights the work we have been doing over the last few years in our capital campaign to build a campus to bring YMEN college graduates back to North Lawndale (Indigenous Leaders!), as well as our youth programs that help students like Jameson Parker.
We have continued to work on the mural projects this summer, led by our trusty-dusty DJ! He’s done a great job corraling our kids and helping them design, create and implement works of art — and of leading them around the city of Chicago by bicycle. The video above is an example of the in-house, quick-edits of our very on Kareem M. Thanks to DJ and Kareem for making us look good!
Working hard to create a mural the celebrate all of the colors and cultures in God’s paintbrush.
- YMEN Raises over $130K at Charity Auction!
- On Friday, November 7th 2014, the network of friends and investors came together to raise critical resources for YMENs programs and our college scholarship fund. We are thrilled to report that we exceeded our $80K goal by raising more than $130K to invest in the next generation of leaders in North Lawndale! The great news […] Read More
- YMEN Buys a CRACK HOUSE!
- On September 19, 2013 the Young Men’s Educational Network purchased a foreclosed property adjacent to their college and career campus. This two-story building was used throughout 2012 for the sales and distribution of drugs on the 2200 block of Springfield. YMEN intends to turn this former CRACK house into a college residential dormitory that will […] Read More
- NEW SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP IN LAWNDALE!
- On September 4, 2013 YMEN’s Executive Director, Michael Trout, and PEARL’s Director, Sharona Drake, met with the new principal at Dvorak Elementary School and a new partnership was born! YMEN will be working in partnership with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago to increase attendance and graduation rates for students in North Lawndale. The CORE […] Read More