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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

16th Annual "Heroes in the Hood" Awards Program – NOMINATIONS DUE BY FEBRUARY 20th, 2009

Do you know a teenager who is making a profound difference in his or her community? Or, do you know a principal or teacher who has taken steps to deter the violence that is devastating Chicago neighborhoods and schools? If so, we want to know about them.Please join us in recognizing and rewarding outstanding Chicago teens and educators at the 16th annual “Heroes in the ‘Hood” awards program.Heroes, developed 16 years ago by GO Airport Express, has honored more than 400 Chicago youths who have donated their time and talents to make a positive difference in their communities. This year, Heroes is adding a “Stop the Violence” award. It will be awarded to a principal, teacher, counselor or administrator who has demonstrated extraordinary effort in making the community a safer place.To accomplish our goals, we need your support. The program sponsors would greatly appreciate it if you and your staff would help identify potential “Heroes in the ‘Hood” and “Stop the Violence” nominees.We ask that you help by distributing the enclosed materials to individuals or groups at your school. “Heroes in the ‘Hood” nominees must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and live in the city of Chicago to qualify. Winners will receive, a trip to Springfield, Ill. to visit our state capitol; a plaque or certificate honoring their achievement; Media coverage in the Chicago Crusader and other media outlets; and a T-shirt and “goodie bags.”The “Stop the Violence” award will be awarded to a principal, teacher, counselor or administrator who is reaching out to today’s youth with violence prevention, education or outreach projects. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000. Applications for the awards can be downloaded at .If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Robyn Velasquez at (312) 666-6662 or via e-mail at

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