Our youth were featured on a recent Free Spirit Media newscast. Check out what they had to say about working for Radio Arte and exploring journalism, as well as documentary practices.
By Chonte Walter and Rudy Ramos
By Dionta Hebron and Mecai Deaner
The Venados running club is a running group that competes in Marathons around the Chicago area.
By Juilus Sanchez and Lakiyah McGahee
“Saint Pius V Parish Church has been having this food pantry for about twenty years,” says Julie Villegas. Saint Pius V church doesn’t only serve food pantries and soup kitchens. But they also have Clothing, Princess closet, Counseling, Marriage Enrichment, English as a second language, Legal assistance for immigration, Shelter for homeless men and Referrals. Another thing that this church does is offering a youth program to children who need help in school. For example Julie Villegas says “We help out students who need help on their homework and projects.” If to find out more or donate supplies visit http://stpiusvparish.org/en/node/29.
By Alicia Alvarez and Alfredo Haro
Chicago Public Schools are debating over the pay raise of the educators as stated by the Chicago Tribune. Educators are demanding 30% pay raise while Chicago Public Schools can only afford the 2% pay raise, according to the Chicago Tribune. “With a 2 percent raise for teachers, there’s barely enough money to cover essential programs.” Chicago Tribune wrote on July 6, 2012. CPS is facing a $700 million deficit with the average teacher makes $71,000 per year. Chicago Public School officials are proposing on raising property taxes in order to get more money. While the mayor of Chicago wants to extend the school day, the union argues that the pay raise will compensate the extra hours put in by the teachers. Parents are worried about the longer school day and how the budget cuts are going to affect the students learning environment, according to the Chicago Tribune.