Since 2016, the Chicago Center for Youth and Violence Prevention (CCYVP) has recruited One Summer Chicago (OSC) interns from Bright Star Community Outreach. OSC is a city initiative that provides youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with 20-25 hours of employment and enrichment opportunities during the summer months. In 2019, CCYVP partnered with CRR19 to provide more robust opportunities to learn about the race riots as an origin story of inequities in Chicago.
Antoinette Raggs and Sydney Lawrence worked as two OSC interns in 2019-2020. These OSC students’ primary responsibilities were to participate in a four-week action civics program, training on qualitative methods including interviewing and photovoice, and were assigned reading and writing projects. Through this experience, Raggs and Lawrence were featured in media interviews published in South Side Weekly and Portable Gray. In June 2021, they will be published as co-authors with other CDC-funded Youth Violence Prevention Centers in the American Journal of Public Health Youth Voices commentary.
John Freveletti worked as a graduate student intern with CRR19 in 2020. He is a second-year graduate student at Western Illinois University with a focus in early American history. He obtained his BA in History from Arizona State University in 2019, and currently works as a seventh and eight grade social studies teacher at St. Thomas More School in Munster, Indiana. His work on the CRR19 project included researching the victims of the conflict in order to construct biographies about them. This included locating addresses, places of employment, birthplaces as well as family members.
Public History Practicum
CRR19 collaborated with UChicago’s Public History Practicum to work with graduate students interested in research, content-creation, and community engagement. This team of students helped to build the current website by conducting further research on the killed individuals, consolidating online resources, documenting our progress through interviews, and creating a new introductory video for the project. They also created the ‘Commemorating the Killed’ sections of the website that include the biographies page, and an interactive map of the commemorative markers. The 2021 Practicum group included Zoya Sameen, Kirsten Lopez, Esther Isaac, Nikki Grigg, and Madeline Adams.
CRR19 also partnered with UChicago Grad’s Internship & Experiential Learning program to offer summer internships to graduate students. Our current graduate student intern is Noah Hansen.