Making An Impact

PEC Monthly Meeting

Every month the Peace and Education Coalition, made up of stakeholders committed to creating a strategy for peace and educational opportunities for the people, gather to have a dialogue about the positive efforts being made in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.  Recently, the Coalition has been conversing about the… Read More

Sr. Ines Telles Visit

Sr. Ines Telles, CSJ, visits Peace and Education Accelerated High School. During the month of January, Sr. Telles of the Soledad Enrichment Action of Los Angeles, California visited the PEC High School Sinclair Campus and spoke with the Principal, Brigitte Swenson. Sr. Telles has initiated the Youth Peace Movement (YPM)… Read More

2016 Scholarship Honorees Remembered

The Annual Peace and Education Coalition Fundraiser will be held May 20, 2017, 10 AM at the Back of the Yards College Prep High School (2111 W 47th Street, Chicago). Thank you so much for your support last year. The fundraiser was a wonderful success raising enough money to offer supportive scholarships to the 40 students who applied from the neighborhood. The fundraiser itself featured a breakfast donated by restaurants from around the neighborhood, and we honored two former recipients. Claudio Rivera, was quoted in local newspaper The Gate, “I didn’t want to tell a story about myself today, because sometimes people try to turn that story into one that says, ‘Well, you did it because you worked harder than everyone else.’ I don’t buy that bootstrap narrative,” said Rivera, who is about to receive a Ph.D. in psychology from DePaul University. “First of all, there are plenty of other people who have done it, too. Many of them are in this room today. And of course, I have failed thousands of times. I have doubted myself many times. But there are people around me who pick me up when I fall and who see something in me that keeps them by my side. They give me opportunities even when I have doubted myself or lost belief in myself. Our story is a collective story of success. So, I encourage you to give young people chances, and not just one or two chances, but three or four thousand chances.”

A Holiday Reflection

After a recent holiday gathering, a leader from one of our agencies said during a conversation, “I wonder if I am really doing a good job?” The leader has been observing the trauma of violence across the neighborhood, and when home in the evening time he reflects with his wife… Read More

Save the date Taste of Back of the Yards

Save the date for the “Taste of the Back of the Yards” Peace and Education Scholarship fundraiser. Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017 Location: Back of the Yards College Prep High School   More info to come don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list below to stay up-to-date.


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