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In This Tough Chicago Neighborhood, Kids Are Choosing to Box, Not Fight

August 19, 2014
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In This Tough Chicago Neighborhood, Kids Are Choosing to Box, Not Fight
A student boxer practicing inside the Chicago Youth Boxing Club Craig Duff
The Chicago Youth Boxing Club is considered a safe haven for kids in the gang-ridden Little Village neighborhood.

The Chicago Youth Boxing Club (CYBC) is tucked in a church basement in the Windy City’s Little Village neighborhood, providing one of the area’s few after school activities. Since it was founded in 2006, the gym has become much more than a place for kids to hang out. “It isn’t enough to get kids off the street,” says Ana Patricia Juarez, programming manager for CYBC, “you have to build them into leaders and people who will eventually give back to their communities.” The boxing club now provides counseling, nutritional education, and college readiness programs.

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