Category Archives: Youth

Chicago’s Food Bank – One Meal At A Time

The Greater Chicago Food Depository was founded by Tom O’Connell, Robert W. Strube, Sr., Father Philip Marquard, Gertrude Snodgrass, Ann Connors and Ed Sunshine in 1978. Since then they have been trying to make an impact in the city of Chicago. They have been a part of many programs over the years and the amount of food they have supplied has grown exponentially. The main goal of the Greater Chicago Food Depository is to make an impact on the amount of hungry people in Chicago.

Personally, I have volunteered for the Greater Chicago Food Depository before and I was pretty impressed by the staff and the amount of people that would show up everyday to help volunteer as well. I talked to a couple people while I was there and some of them show up everyday to volunteer just because it makes them feel good to know that they are helping to make a difference. Another thing that I found interesting was that they have a program where the participants take 12 weeks and learn some new culinary skills as well as participate in a 2 week internship following the 12 week period of training. This could be a great way to help people get jobs that have no experience what so ever. Another reason to look into the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The fight against hunger remains constant on the south side of Chicago and also with the rest of the city. I have seen people constantly walking up and down the streets asking for money to help get them back on their feet. It saddens me to see these people outside in all types of weather with seemingly no hope in their heart. Below I have left you guys a video that explains a little bit more about their mission and why they are doing what they do. They are always looking for volunteers that are ready to make a difference in their community.

Living in Tragedy – Finding Hope

XXX Tentacion debuted a new song on Soundcloud titled “Hope”. At the end of the song he dedicated his lyrics to the victims and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week in Parkland, Florida. The track is very brief but towards the end Tentacion begins singing in a sad tone saying “Rest in Peace to all the kids that lost their lives in the fucking shooting.”

Personally, I have seen a lot of growth from this artist and one thing that I can say about him is that he isn’t afraid to show his emotions or vulnerabilities within his music. Some might even go as far as calling him a revolutionary. There were also rumors that he was done making music not too long ago because of his frustration with the music industry and the state of things in the United States that are constantly effecting the youth as well as many other people.

In the song’s Soundcloud post, there is an extra note to listeners and survivors of this tragedy. It reads “follow your dreams, and know that even though you have lost, you have guardian angels watching over you , day in and day out, the last thing they want is for their lives to be lost in vein, make them proud! live full, healthy, genius lives!”

I think this is a great example of how artists can impact the people and try to make a difference by trying to bring change. We realize that we can do nothing to change the world and the people that are in it but the one thing that we can do is try to change ourselves for the better in order to have a brighter future.

Give the song a listen here on Soundcloud!

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