Family’s civil rights legacy inspires South Sider’s work with youth

When Ayoka Samuels talks about the young people she works with as director of the Gary Comer Youth Center, she’s quick to call them curious, funny, good kids. And one other thing: Resilient. Resilient is also a word that describes Samuels. She was raised in a family with a strong social consciousness, which helped her ...

Green Teens participate in Shedd Great Lakes Action Days

On a very hot and steamy afternoon Friday, the Shedd Aquarium teamed up with biological technicians from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Chicago teenagers to continue efforts to return Cowles Bog to its natural state. Known as Great Lakes Action Days, the effort is in its third year taking volunteers to local beaches and ...

Chicago’s South Side will be future home of Obama Presidential Library

The Barack Obama Foundation made the official announcement at “…a news conference at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside – not far from the Obama’s Kenwood home and the South Side house where the first lady was raised – to discuss the University of Chicago winning the competition to land the Obama development.” ...

GCCP student filmmakers premiere clip at White House Student Film Festival

Gary Comer College Prep student group was one of 15 out of 1,500 teams of student filmmakers selected to premiere a clip at the White House Student Film Festival and meet with President Barack Obama. The students’ entry was a hip-hop music video highlighting the school’s unique C.H.A.M.P.S. mentoring program (Culturally Helping And Making Positive ...