Each year, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders for discussions about politics, art, business, science and social justice. Many Youth Guidance students had a chance to expand their horizons by participating in this year’s activities. Harper High School BAM Counselor Jihad Kheperu facilitated a discussion with BAM students and girls from the college prep organization EMBARC, alongside CNN Professor Marc Lamont Hill. “Little can attest to the impact of this talk besides the fact that twenty 17-year-olds sat enraptured for nearly 90 minutes, without touching their cellphones, “ said Kheperu. “The children connected with him immediately and kept up with the discussion with ease, as the topic shifted from Ferguson to Kim Kardashian to Restorative Justice to life lessons about patience and self-love. It was absolutely a great experience for everybody in the room.” Photo credit: Desmond Owusu
Amundsen High School WOW students were also selected to participate in a Google panel discussion on technology careers, followed by lunch with staff and a tour of Google headquarters. The young women also attended a special lab hosted by renowned trial law firm Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP. They explored the inner workings of the court system, re-enacted a real-life trial and decided the final outcome of the case. Amundsen WOW Counselor Nell Connor selected her students based on their outstanding dedication to WOW core values and their hard work in the program over the last three years.