While the nation turns its attention to Ferguson, Mo., Chicago kids understand all too well the effects of violence.
As a graduate student, Rachel Switall worked to give students in now-demolished Cabrini-Green a creative outlet in which to express themselves and learn how to solve problems peacefully. Switall had students write or draw their thoughts and feelings before collecting those pieces for a black-and-white booklet.
“When the kids got those back with their names in it, and they saw that they had something printed, it had such an effect on them, a positive effect, how they felt about their work and what they were doing,” Switall says. “I really just wanted to continue doing that.”