Pilsen Summit Teaches Students Tools For Peace

Mike Krauser
April 07, 2018 - 1:38 pm
Peace Summit at Gads Hill

Gads Hill Center

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Students from several Chicago Public Schools are spending their Saturday taking part in workshops as part of a peace summit.

They gathered at the Gads Hill Center in the Pilsen neighborhood, a 120-year-old organization that has helped to improve the lives of immigrants. 

The CEO, Maricela Garcia, said about 100 students were taking part. 

“We are building their toolbox to be able to take leadership in finding solutions to violence," she said. "We are also helping them to analyze how their roles can be connected to the movement that’s being organized by youth.” 

She called that movement “inspirational.” 

That movement, said 18-year-old Raul Garcia, is going to achieve results. 

“I think that now more than ever we’re more powerful," he said. " I think that kids nowadays know what they want and they’ll do anything to get it.Everybody coming together is definitely opening some doors.” 

And, he added: “laws will change.” 

The students were taking part in workshops, and Garcia said that one thing that came up, aside from issues surrounding violence, was concerns about gentrification.