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Kids vote in Uptown

Young people from three Uptown groups have set up homemade ballot boxes at schools, residences and sites with youth programs, and under-18 voters are voting for their preference for president as well as which issues are important to them.

“We recognize that the next president will have a critical role in shaping the policies — healthcare, education, or otherwise — that will profoundly impact our individual futures and the health of our communities,” said Steve Hosik Moon of the Multi Cultural Youth Project.  “Instead of waiting until we are 18 to let our opinions be known, we are taking matters into our own hands right now.”

Participants from MCYP, Connect Force and Kuumba Lynx will gather at 4:30 p.m. at Alternatives, 4730 N. Sheridan, for an Election Jam, to count the votes and announce the results.

MCYP was founded by the Chinese Mutual Aid Association to collaborate with other youth agencies to develop youth leadership on local and global issues of social justice.  Connect Force is a youth-driven program at Alternatives Youth Services, exploring creative arts in hip-hop, breakdancing, mural arts, deejaying and emceeing, along with work on math, reading, and life skills.  Kuumba Lynx uses hip-hop culture to promote intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, creative expression and literacy, and social consciousness.

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