Our Chicago: Town hall on keeping Latino youth safe, demands for investment in wake of Adam Toledo shooting

Moderated by ABC7 VP of Community Engagement Diana Palomar
CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's No. 1 station for news, presented a digital town hall exploring ways to keep Latino youth safe and engaged in programs that deter gang participation and prevent tragic situations such as the one involving Adam Toledo.

ABC 7 Vice President of Community Engagement Diana Palomar moderated this hourlong event available on abc7chicago.com Thursday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m.

The Little Village neighborhood in South Lawndale, where Toledo lived and died, was rated the second-highest Chicago neighborhood in terms of economic hardship according to the Chicago Community Area Economic Hardship Index. The recent police-involved fatal shooting of 13-year-old Toledo crystalizes the need for adequate services, resources and opportunities to give Latino youth support and guidance that will help keep them off the street, away from danger.

ABC 7's Vice President of Community Engagement Diana Palomar will lead this week's robust digital town discussion with community leaders, including some from Little Village ("La Villita"), who represent organizations whose goal it is to protect and nurture Latino youth while educating the public on the difficult issues they face every day. The panel will dig deeper into available programs helping this community's next generation and the critical need for increased funding for Chicago Public Schools in Little Village to help produce outstanding students and citizens. The panel will also explore how social services can be improved to strengthen Latino youth and provide paths to prepare them to take their place as productive members of this city's future population, labor force and leadership.

Guest panelists:
-Ric Estrada, Metropolitan Family Services
-Alex Linares, Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago
-Andres Alvear, BUILD Inc.
-Karina Ayala-Bermejo, Instituto del Progreso Latino

The virtual town hall will also be exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

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