in ,

#BBFPodcast – The Fourth Dangerous Neighborhood In Chicago

How Podcasting is Helping Teens in North Lawndale

With a population of close to three million people, Chicago is a diverse city with a lot of good to offer but also a-lot of bad. Unfortunately, the place we call home is infamous for its high violent crime rates specifically gun violence. So when we came across the Chicagodrillas Instagram page which shows teen boys and girls holding handheld guns and rifles we were not surprised.

North Lawndale

After looking up our neighborhood online via a real estate website called Property Club, the teens discovered not only is their neighborhood considered dangerous, but it’s the FOURTH on the list as the MOST dangerous neighborhood in Chicago!

According to Property Club

North Lawndale was a growing and developing neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side, but it was greatly affected by the 2008 recession. The neighborhood has 34,794 residents, and it’s estimated that approximately 70% of men aged 17-45 in North Lawndale have criminal records.

Majority of us live, go to school, and work in the North Lawndale neighborhood. We also have seen guns and witnessed dangerous outcomes like shootings happen around us.

Because of such negativity, North Lawndale is one of 10 priority communities selected as a part of the initial phase of Chicago’s INVEST South/West commercial corridor improvement strategy. After talking with State Rep. Yolanda Morris, we learned how the city and state are trying to turn our neighborhood around.

Check out the latest podcast as Jocelyn, Melnay and Janiya discuss living as teens in Chicago and the truth about their neighborhood North Lawndale.

 WARNING. THIS PODCAST MAY BE TRIGGERING FOR SOME AUDIENCE MEMBERS AS IT DISCUSSES GUN VIOLENCE AND TEENS’ REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE WITH THEM. THE PODCAST DISCUSSES SAFE MEASURES TO HELP PREVENT FURTHER VIOLENCE.

Want to help your community keep guns off of Chicago’s streets? To Learn more about the CPD’s gun turn-in program and to find out about upcoming gun turn-in times and locations, contact the Office of Community Policing at 312-745-5900.

BBF PODCAST

Written by TrueStar Staff

The Influence of Female Artistry

Da’Vine is Da’Serving of Oscar Win