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'Even the Choir Needs Rehearsal': Anna Deavere Smith

Family and friends of CRED’s many partner organizations attended this special screening event.  When the highly acclaimed Anna Deavere Smith was asked whether or not she feared her powerful film, "Notes From the Field," might “preach to the choir” by attracting people already familiar with the terrible destruction America’s school to prison pipeline has caused to our beloved communities, she responded, “even the choir needs rehearsal!” We at Chicago CRED couldn’t agree more.

 

24 More Young Men Earn High School Diplomas with Chicago CRED

On Friday, April 6, 2018, 24 more young men from Chicago CRED walked across the graduation stage. After months of work through Penn Foster's online degree program, they earned high school diplomas—another step in the journey toward transforming their lives and communities.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Emerson Collective Managing Partner Arne Duncan said, "Despite all the challenges and all the pain you sometimes feel, I am wildly optimistic about where our city is going to go. And it's not because of what us older folk are going to do. It's going to be because of your hard work, your leadership."

 

Photos: CRED Men Travel to Washington, D.C., to Rally Against Gun Violence

On March 24, 2018, millions of young people rallied around the world to end gun violence and enact policy reform. Men from Chicago CRED joined more than 400 Chicago youth at the event, adding their voices on behalf of the movement to end gun violence in Chicago.

 
 Chicago Teen On Gun Control Movement: ‘Our Voices Are About To Change History’   Read more

Chicago Teen On Gun Control Movement: ‘Our Voices Are About To Change History’

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 Opinion: March for Our Lives: School shooting debate needs to go beyond guns   Read at usa today

Opinion: March for Our Lives: School shooting debate needs to go beyond guns

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A Memoir, Shaped by Community

Men from Chicago CRED recently participated in the ConTextos Chicago Project, an intensive writing program that incorporates peaceful conflict resolution with the power of personal memoir writing. The authors learned to “read as writers” as they authored powerful memoirs, engaged in constant conversation with their peers to learn how to disagree peacefully and give positive feedback, and finally publish their work in the form of beautifully illustrated books. These stories will be used to create conversations that build empathy with families, teachers, the community and others.

The CRED men have written a rich array of stories that are as varied as they are, each illuminating a personal journey marked by perseverance, hope, and a determination for many new chapters ahead.

 
 Chicago CRED Joins Trevor Noah on The Daily Show  On October 17, 2017, Managing Partner Arne Duncan and Community Change Leader Curtis Toler joined Trevor Noah on "The Daily Show" to talk about CRED's critical work.   Watch at Comedy Central       Read more at Emerson Collective

Chicago CRED Joins Trevor Noah on The Daily Show

On October 17, 2017, Managing Partner Arne Duncan and Community Change Leader Curtis Toler joined Trevor Noah on "The Daily Show" to talk about CRED's critical work.

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15 CRED Participants Overcome Odds to Graduate from High School

Earlier this month, 15 men from Chicago CRED’s first and second cohorts walked across the graduation stage. For many of the men who dropped out of school at an early age and who have faced numerous obstacles throughout their young lives, it was an accomplishment they never expected to reach.

 
 Virgil Abloh Talks Co-Creating a Fashion Program to Help At-Risk Youth in Chicago   Read more at Complex

Virgil Abloh Talks Co-Creating a Fashion Program to Help At-Risk Youth in Chicago

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 Chicago CRED participant Kalil Warner opens up about his struggles with college in a blog for Education Post   Read more

Chicago CRED participant Kalil Warner opens up about his struggles with college in a blog for Education Post

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 President Obama Visits Chicago CRED   Read more

President Obama Visits Chicago CRED

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 Police can't stop Chicago's violence, business community must step up   Read more at the Chicago Tribune

Police can't stop Chicago's violence, business community must step up

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 Arne Duncan Speaks at City Club of Chicago   Read more

Arne Duncan Speaks at City Club of Chicago

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 Can Arne Duncan Save Chicago?   Read more at Chicago Magazine

Can Arne Duncan Save Chicago?

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 Reaching At-Risk Men and Inspiring Hope in Chicago   Read more

Reaching At-Risk Men and Inspiring Hope in Chicago

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 Secretary Arne Duncan Joins Emerson Collective to Help Disconnected Youth in Chicago   Read more

Secretary Arne Duncan Joins Emerson Collective to Help Disconnected Youth in Chicago

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