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It's not a side of Chicago that shows up in John Hughes movies. But with cameras in hand, these teenage Chicago filmmakers are telling their own stories of adolescence.

From its home base on the West Side, Street Level Youth Media has been teaching kids video and computer skills for more than 10 years. Flush with video and audio equipment, students paint intimate portraits of the victories and failures in their lives.

These honest videos don't shy away from difficult topics, tackling issues of family, race, gentrification and violence. Through their work, kids learn a lot about themselves and their communities, and how they can work to improve both.

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See the exciting and moving stories that the young Chicago filmmakers at Street Level Youth Media tell when they're given the opportunity to share their films with the rest of the world.

 

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A student plays his trumpet during Street Level's Musical Cosmos audio production workshop. Photo courtesy of Street Level Youth Media.

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Street Level's Musical Cosmos audio production workshop. Photo courtesy of Street Level Youth Media.

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Spinning records during the Female Action Voice Change workshop on video production, writing and peer instruction.

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Street Level's Roc Da Block Party in 2002, photo courtesy of Street Level Youth Media.

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Design students show their work at a Field Museum retrospective. Photo courtesy of Street Level Youth Media.

 

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