Street-Smarts Earned Gang Members a Full-Ride to College (Chicago Public Media)



There’s no standardized test for street-smarts and that sort of experience will not necessarily earn students a ticket to the college of their choice. But in the late 1960s, curbside know-how helped a group of gang members from Chicago’s West Side get a full ride to Dartmouth. The story of the experimental program that took a group of young men from North Lawndale to the Ivy League is in the new edition of Chicago magazine. Author Jay Pridmore and Allan “Tiny” Evans ’71, a graduate of the program, were interviewed on the Chicago Public Media program Eight Forty-Eight.

Listen to the story, which was broadcast on 07/20/11.

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