Friday, August 1, 2008

Chicago - Day 5

Freedom School

We all met with teens from The Freedom School for a chance to interact with youth from Chicago. We introduced our group and described what WE-ACTx does. In return we learned more about The Freedom School.

The Chicago Freedom School provides a space where young people and adult allies can study the work of past social justice movements, deepen their understanding of social problems, build new coalitions and develop strategies for change. They support new generations of young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a more just world.

Our group opened the discussion by asking questions about their experience. Later the Freedom School students had plenty of their own questions about our Chicago-Kigali Girls Exchange and Rwanda. Afterwards we had a quick lunch. Then we had small group discussions and time to reflect.
We also had to say the official goodbye to Latrice and Yonetta because they had to leave for college-related activities the next day.

Boat Trip

Later on, we took a walk on the Magnificent Mile to our next destination - a boat. The boat ride took us on the Chicago River through downtown, and also into the Lake Michigan so that we all could see the unique skyline of Chicago.

Some were very excited.

Others were too tired for excitement :D


Then we all took the CTA Purple Line north to Evanston. The Rwandan girls had never been on a train that goes underground. So this was very exciting.
We went to a Lou Malnati's, a wonderful pizza place where we got to taste delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizza once again. And an ice cream dessert was a wonderful ending to this meal.

After that we went to Bill's Blues Club where we heard some authentic blues music. Some danced, some not - but we all had fun. After about an hour we all went our separate ways to get prepared for our last day together. :(

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