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Chicago CRED Honors its Newest High School Graduates
In a ceremony on August 15th, a crowd of family, friends and fellow CRED members celebrated as 52 graduates received their diplomas. The afternoon featured speeches from students and mentors, concluding with a spoken word performance from Grammy-winner J Ivy.
In his keynote address, Emerson Collective and Chicago CRED Managing Partner Arne Duncan saw the milestone as bigger than a diploma. "We need you guys. We need you to be alive and free, not dead and not locked up. We need you to heal from your hurt and your pain and not let that consume you…. You are proving every single day, not through your words, but through your actions, what’s possible. And collectively you’re going to lead us where we need to go.”
Authors Circle 2019: ChicagoCRED Partners with IMAN and ConTextos
The ConTextos Authors Circle was developed in collaboration with young people at-risk of, victims of, or perpetrators of violence in El Salvador. In 2017, this innovative program expanded into Chicago to create tangible, high quality opportunities that nourish the minds, expand the voices and share the personal truths of individuals who have long been underserved and underestimated. Through the process of drafting, revising, and publishing memoirs, participants develop self-reflection, critical thinking, camaraderie, and positive self-projection to author new life narratives.