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An Intergenerational Kiki*

By Tony Alvarado-Rivera and Cesar Hernandez of the Chicago Freedom School.

Editors note: At ElevArte Community Studio one of our main goals is to create a safe space for youth, a space where they feel free to express themselves creatively and explore who they are.

It's Time to Build Again

Back in the day when I lived in Brighton Park as a young person, I delivered the newspaper on 40th Place from Albany to California Avenue.  Every morning at 5am, I would wake up, prepare my route orders, and deliver to customers.  I had the second largest route in the neighborhood.  I was able to do this all the way through high school.  Not great pay, but it helped with what my family could not provide for me.