2019 Projects

2018-2019 Team

Teens: Emely Basora, Cameron Eskridge, Michelle Gongora, Austin Honeycutt, Ariana McEntee, Angeles Munoz, Ruth Orozco, Diana Tassy, Brianna Taylor

Mentors: Andrew Cao, Joshua Irvine, Susanna Kemp, Adam Mahoney, Joey Safchik, Saira Singh, Heena Srivastava, Aaron Wang, Cassidy Wang, Alex Wong, Megan Yee

Facilitators: Michael A. Deas,  director               Marjorie Geraci, pre-collegiate programs assistant

Chris Krypel, coordinator, Gary Comer Youth Center


Chicago’s Historic Election


Voices of political consciousness: As Chicago prepared  to elect its first-ever black female mayor,  there was no shortage of opinions among young residents about former prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle before the April 2 runoff, which Lightfoot eventually won with nearly 75 percent of the vote. (Video: Medill Media Teens)



Representation at the Oscars: Black Panther is just a start

Photo caption: The 2018 film “Black Panther,” starring Chad Boseman, was nominated for six categories and is the third highest-grossing movie in North America. (Marvel Studios) By Austin Honeycutt Some people believe diversity is a problem with today's...

Trump’s emergency plan divides Chicago residents

Photo caption: President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration has led to protests in parts of the country such as the one in February in Washington, D.C. (Creative Commons, Chumash11) By Emely Basora, Ruth Orozco, Angeles Munoz, Michelle Gongora President...

Little Village, Lincoln Park reflect segregated diversity

Photo caption: The rent prices in the Little Village neighborhood where Angel Gonzalez are nearly half the price of Gold Coast neighborhood just outside of downtown Chicago. (Creative Commons/Dan Korn) By Cameron Eskridge Angel Gonzalez has lived in the Little Village...

What to consider when moving to Chicago

Photo caption: Lincoln Park’s prices range from $995 to $4,000, according to Trulia, a neighborhood site for renters and buyers. (Creative Commons/ David Wilson) By Ariana McEntee For many people, living in Chicago is difficult. There are the struggles of...

In Chicago, an ‘undying love for humanity’

Photo caption: About 2.7 million people live in Chicago, the third most populated city in the United States. The city’s unity among people and history of architecture among several aspects that attract visitors. (Creative Commons/Wendy Piersall via Medill)   By...

Enterprise Stories



Millions of people around the world play video games. Yet the social aspect of gaming can be overlooked — many people meet lifelong friends through video games and sometimes even significant others. In the following interviews, we talked to Chicago high schoolers about how they’ve formed relationships through the game.

By Cameron Eskridge, Austin Honeycutt, Ariana McEntee