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Real Chi Youth & Mikva Challenge Collaborate for Expungement App  

Real Chi Youth puts media making into the hands of one of Chicago’s most misrepresented populations: youth. Our crew of 16 storytellers utilizes contemporary, multimedia reporting to breakdown the headlines and humanize the issues that impact Chicago’s youth.

In February 2014, Mikva Challenge invited Real Chi Youth to a Juvenile Justice Council meeting. It caught our attention and it later lead us to focus on expungement and the app. The app is an application that helps people, teens especially, to get their record cleared of any minor or fraud crimes. Sources revealed that people with any type of arrest record have a harder time than others finding a form of employment. With that being said, this app is a way to give people a second chance at a better life, and it was our job as youth reporters for Real Chi Youth to share and reveal this information to the public.

Real Chi Youth is led by Free Spirit Media‘s Civic Innovation and Hacking (CIH) program, which is an experimental school-year jobs program for teens focused on civics, media and technology. CIH is a partnership amongst Free Spirit Media, Mikva Challenge, Adler Planetarium and the Smart Chicago Collaborative. The program is sponsored by the Hive Chicago Learning Network, and is a continuation of our Civic Innovation Summer 2013 (CIS 2013) initiative funded by The Chicago Community Trust and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

By: Alexandria JohnsonKelsey PhillipsPreston Robinson

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