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Youth of The Year on WBEZ

MHC forges strong relationships with the media for our clients: Chicago’s NPR affiliate WBEZ invited three Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago 2015 Youth of The Year finalists to the top-rated Afternoon Shift program.

The 606 Trail Mix series on WBEZ

For The 606, we’ve earned numerous placements for Trail Mix Family Days and Discussions about the new park, including this WBEZ feature with the Trust for Public Land’s Chicago leadership.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago keeps STEM programs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago found a way to keep STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) up and running in spite of state budget cuts. The story was told by Newsradio 780.

YMCA on WBEZ for School Days Out

When frigid temperatures led to Chicago-area school closings, MHC’s ensured that local broadcasters knew that the YMCA was open for students. The result? Y mentions during three 2015 weather events, including this WBEZ-FM story.

Youth Safety & Violence Prevention on WGN

Urban Warriors is a YMCA mentoring program to stem youth violence in targeted Chicago communities. To help recruit war veterans for the program, MHC secured this WGN Radio interview with host James VanOsdol.

NPR reporting on social media fueling gang activity

MHC leverages clients’ diverse expertise, positioning them as appealing sources for journalists. Here, the YMCA’s Eddie Bocanegra is featured in Cheryl Corley’s report on “cyber-banging” for NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

School Days Out

When low temps and snowstorms closed schools, the Y’s doors were open to families. MHC earned coverage by nearly every local TV station, including WFLD-TV, whose Joanie Lum reported and tweeted.

WGN Morning Show Camping Competition

The Forest Preserves of Cook County launched a new camping program in 2015. For the first time in 50 years, families and individuals could “camp in Cook.” Our media outreach earned significant coverage including this two-day segment featuring the WGN-TV morning team.

Hundreds Protest Cuts as Budget Deadlock Continues

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago joined other social-service agencies to protest the Illinois governor’s budget cuts to childcare assistance programs. WBBM-TV’s Jim Williams’ live interview was among those coordinated by MHC.

Joven del Año

Youth of the Year, a Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago program, spotlights Chicago’s most promising youth. This Azteca story spread nationally to affiliates and remains viewable on Azteca’s Facebook page.