"You Can’t Be What You Can't See."

Thursday, March 8, 2018 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Forefront Large Conference Room
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1535, Chicago IL 60604
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Participation in the Community Youth Creative Learning Experience (CYCLE), a neighborhood youth program in Chicago's Cabrini Green Housing Development, constituted a positive and critical turning point in the lives of hundreds of youth who grew up there in the 1980s and 1990s. The book 'Urban Sanctuaries' (1994) chronicled CYCLE's success in providing Cabrini Green youth ages 5-23 a wide variety of age appropriate experiences, but the book could say little on the long-term consequences of youth participation. 'You Can't Be What You Can't See' follows up with CYCLE participants nearly 40 years later and thus provides a rare opportunity to see outcomes of a youth program over an extended period of time. CYCLE had remarkable success in enabling low income, African American youth from Cabrini Green to navigate what was once known as 'Little Hell' through high school, into college and into positive adult lives.  As adults, the CYCLE participants have established careers and stable families.  They have developed successful careers in education, philanthropy, social work, education, health care, business, as youth workers, law enforcement officers and business executives. A majority of their children are in, headed to or have already graduated college. 

'You Can't Be What You Can't See' is a longitudinal account providing insight into why the program elements disrupted the negative trajectory of Cabrini Green youth and how the attitudes, values and behaviors developed at CYCLE carried into the future, into other contexts and into the lives of their children.  What do the principles and core beliefs of CYCLE hold for youth programs and the design of other youth engagement strategies including schools today? Explore the power of peer strategies with former participants Pat Ford, executive director Steans Family Foundation and Craig Nash working as a key staff member with Arne Duncan, as they reflect on their journeys. 

Join Greg Darnieder and Milbrey McLaughlin as they facilitate a conversation with Pat and Craig.  Milbrey McLaughlin, David Jacks Professor Emertia, Stanford University and Founding Director of the John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities is the principal author of 'You Can't Be What You Can't See'. 

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