August 17, 2015
Our five new scholarship winners are headed off to college in the coming weeks! This June, we awarded a $2,500-a-year college scholarship to each of the following students who succeeded in high school while coping with homelessness:
T’Prinn Ingram (back left) of West Aurora High, who will pursue pre-medicine studies at UIC.
Catherine Jones (front right) of ACE Technical Charter, who will attend Illinois College in Jacksonville and is considering a career in business.
Aja Lowrey (front left) of Walter Payton College Prep, who will attend the University of Illinois at Champaign, with plans to major in biology and one day work as a physical therapist.
Jennessa Martinez (front center) of North Side College Prep, who will go to the Art Institute of Chicago to prepare for a career as an art therapist and artist.
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Her college internship ended, but Yaneth Aguilar still volunteers CCH.
Working with community organizer Rachel Ramirez, Yaneth co-wrote a survey being used by CCH to determine how Chicago’s Latino community perceives what it is to be homeless. The survey also assesses awareness of services available to assist homeless families and students.
“In the Latino culture, it is so common for families to live doubled-up that people don’t really see it as homelessness – they see it as the culture,” Yaneth explained. “Even the people in those situations think, ‘We’re all like family.’” Read more.
Twenty-eight homeless youths acquired needed legal identification documents in a one-day outreach program offered by our Law Project and Chase Bank’s legal department.
As part of the JPMorgan Chase Day of Service on July 23, CCH and Chase legal staffs hosted a Legal and Identification (ID) Clinic at the Center on Halsted in the Lakeview neighborhood. This comprehensive community center is dedicated to the health and well-being of Chicago’s LGBTQ community, including a youth program that helps young people experiencing housing instability.
Young people who become homeless often are forced to leave home without any ID documents, such as a birth certificate or Social Security card. Lack of identification presents a barrier to jobs and education. It is difficult to obtain a state ID card or driver’s license without these other forms of ID. Read more.
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