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Chalkbeat Chicago: I lost a friend to gun violence when I was in high school. Now, I counsel Chicago students facing similar pain.

In a First Person essay published in Chalkbeat Chicago, CIS’ Latonya Booker shares how her experience with loss due to gun violence helped shape her commitment to supporting students.

Latonya serves young people at a West Side elementary school near where she grew up, and she uses her personal story of loss and resilience to teach students impacted by violence how to cope.

Learn more about how she builds strong relationships with her students and creates a place of safety and stability for them in her essay here.



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