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Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 at 8:04 AM
Student Pen Pals Meet in Person for First Time

Student Pen Pals Meet in Person for First Time

Two Chicago Public Schools teachers are using old-fashioned communication to connect their high-tech students. They’ve started a pen pal program to encourage their kids to write and connect with one another... Watch »

Monday, Jun 6, 2016 at 8:07 PM
Mentoring Program Helps Hundreds of Teens

Mentoring Program Helps Hundreds of Teens

A mentoring program sponsored by the Chicago Urban League helps hundreds of teens steer toward a positive future. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter shares one young man's inspiring story. Watch »

Monday, Jun 6, 2016 at 7:19 PM

Teen in Wheelchair Walks to Accept Diploma at Graduation

High school graduation is a major milestone for many teens, but for Fernando Rodriguez, it was more than that. It was a dream come true. Read »

Friday, Jun 3, 2016 at 6:35 PM
West Side Filmmaker Aims to Bring Powerful Messages to Big Screen

West Side Filmmaker Aims to Bring Powerful Messages to Big Screen

A West Side filmmaker is putting his real life experience with gangs and guns on the big screen. He's making movies with very powerful messages. Art Norman reports. Watch »

Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 at 6:47 PM
Program Makes Art Out of Confiscated Guns

Program Makes Art Out of Confiscated Guns

A program in the Cook County Sheriff's office is creating art by turning confiscated guns into high-end jewelry. Art Norman reports. Watch »

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 6:33 PM
Local Barber Helps Inmates Turn Their Lives Around

Local Barber Helps Inmates Turn Their Lives Around

Larry Roberts Jr. has been teaching inmates at the Cook County Jail what he knows best, cutting hair. NBC 5's Byron Miranda reports. Watch »

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5:27 PM
Suburban Boarding School is Beacon of Hope for Struggling Families

Suburban Boarding School is Beacon of Hope for Struggling Families

A suburban boarding school has become a beacon of hope for families dealing with poverty, violence and a lack of resources. No student is turned away, thanks to a flexible tuition scale. LeeAnn Trotter reports. Watch »

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5:23 PM
Seniors Graduate From Legal Prep High School

Seniors Graduate From Legal Prep High School

You've heard of high schools that specialize in the arts or math and science, but what about the legal profession? Legal Prep Charter Academy is graduating its first senior class. LeeAnn Trotter eexplains why... Watch »

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5:13 PM
Teen Shares Painful Story to Help Educate on Substance Abuse

Teen Shares Painful Story to Help Educate on Substance Abuse

A 16-year-old girl from Schaumburg is taking part in a nationwide effort to educate people on substance abuse and other mental health issues. She shares her painful to make a difference in the lives of other... Watch »

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:42 PM
Making A Difference: Almost Home Kids

Making A Difference: Almost Home Kids

NBC 5's Art Norman introduces us to Debbie Grisko, the president and executive director of Almost Home Kids, a nonprofit organization in Chicago that helps families with children who have significant medical... Watch »

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