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Join The Public Square and Chicago Public Radio to discuss the issues communities face in dealing with juvenile offenders

CHICAGO –Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, and Chicago Public Radio for a discussion that will examine youth that have been impacted by the juvenile justice system, and how community leaders can be empowered to address violence and crime.  This event will take place on Monday, June 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at WBEZ North Side Bureau (2913 W. Devon Ave., Chicago). The discussion will feature special guest Clay Chalupa of Project NIA, a social justice organization.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at,, or 312.422.5580. Space is limited.  It is presented by The Public Square and Chicago Public Radio-WBEZ 91.5FM

More about Clay Chalupa
Clay Chalupa is the Coordinator of the Rogers Park Transformative Justice Center. Clay has had a passion and deep involvement for social justice for many years. Her focus has been working and volunteering with agencies and people that serve and support survivors of trauma, violence, and oppression. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and was Director of Behavioral Health at American Indian Health in Uptown, Chicago. She has worked in a variety of sectors from rural communities to urban spheres to Southeast Asia.

More About Project NIA
Project NIA helps communities develop support networks for youth who are at risk of or have already been impacted by the juvenile justice system.  Through participatory action research, community engagement, education, and capacity-building, Project NIA facilitates the creation of community-focused responses to youth violence and crime 

About Café Society
This event is part of The Public Square’s Café Society program, which fosters a more robust civil society, more cohesive and interactive communities, greater media literacy, and a more informed and engaged citizenry through weekly conversations about contemporary social issues. The Public Square currently runs four Café Society sites in the Chicago area and one in Carbondale.

Café Society locations:

1st Thursdays
7-8 p.m., Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St., Chicago
7:30-8:30 p.m., Panera Bread, 1126 E. Walnut St., Carbondale 

2nd Fridays
5-6 p.m., Ron’s Barber Shop, 6058 W. North Ave., Chicago

 3rd Wednesdays
12:30-1:30 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Street Café, 77 E. Randolph St., Chicago

 4th Mondays
Roving Café Society – Date, Time, and Location announced the week before

For those who cannot make these weekly discussions, they can create their own Café Societies using the DIY Café Society Toolkit. For more information on Café Society or to download the DIY toolkit, visit

About The Public Square
The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations. More information about The Public Square is available at  

 The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities.  Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds. 

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