Mark your calendars! May 15th, 2021 is the ANNUAL Peace and Education Coalition Scholarship Fundraiser “Taste of Back of the Yards”. Scholarship Applications now available on the College page for students dreaming of a higher education! 

Please join Saraí Jiménez and Irene López, past scholarship recipients and honorees, who will host this year’s event. The on-line celebration will feature a special raffle of baskets and items prepared by our member neighborhood institutions. We will also hear from local youth music groups, as well as current and past recipients.  Individual tickets are $10, but we encourage you to consider one of our Sponsorship options, or an additional donation. 

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24th Annual Taste of Back of the Yards Fundraiser

The Peace and Education Coalition celebrates its 24th Anniversary with a special Virtual Scholarship Fundraiser, Saturday, May 15th at 11 AM.  The work this year, more than ever, has been to reach out to our youth and support their dream of a higher education. We have held monthly virtual meetings, led by Dr. Claudio Rivera, accompanied by several mentors from throughout our neighborhood.  Last year,  your generosity enabled us to award 20 scholarships!  As the pandemic subsides, we expect more to apply as several more restart their college studies.

“Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity. “ -César Chávez

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The Back of the Yards neighborhood, on the near southwest side of Chicago, was once home to Chicago’s meatpacking industry and, when the stockyards closed in the 1970’s, the community remained home to a resilient working class community of mostly Latino and African-American families. 

In many ways, the Back of the Yards epitomizes the chronicled disinvestment of the South and Westside neighborhood of Chicago and, as a result, the neighborhood experiences high rates of poverty, joblessness, many forms of violence, and a lack of genuine investment in public education.

Despite being neglected by city, county and state elected officials, the Back of the Yards is a community of dedicated and hard working people. Founded in 1997 as a 501 (c )3, the Peace and Education Coalition has a history of reaching out to network and listen to the needs of the people and accompany the legacy of the community.

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