Words by Adam Jason Cohen
I don’t need to sit here and rattle off statistics about how dangerous Chicago is, or how Chicago youth are at risk. There are very few programs and activities out there that provide as much to Chicago youth as boxing does. Boxing requires extreme commitment, emotionally and physically. Boxing also allows a positive release of controlled aggression and competition, all while maintaining respect for your opponent. These are things all teens could use a positive outlet for.
Common sense dictates providing programs for “at risk” youth, which costs the state’s taxpayers a fraction of what it costs to house an inmate for a year, would be a good idea. The local government seems to have a problem with where to begin alleviating some of the city’s pressing issues involving its youth. It should be a given—start with providing opportunity.
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Chicago isn’t just the land of deep-dish pizzas and NBA championships, it’s also quickly becoming one of the deadliest cities in the US—if not already. Adam Jason Cohen’s photography doesn’t try and cloak the grit and grime of the Windy City; instead, he shoves it straight in your face. Capturing the “social landscape and human condition” of Chi-Town, FRANK151 is proud to present All Original Content, a bi-weekly photo column revolving around life in Chicago.