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Chicago Teens, Harvard Students Pitch Ideas To City Officials

Students from Chicago high schools and Harvard University pitched their ideas for improving city services to top city officials on Friday.

The idea behind "Pitch Black" event was to find solutions to challenges facing the black community in Chicago, particularly around education, economic development, public health and community engagement.

Anaejel Davies, a rising senior at Butler College Prep on Chicago's South Side, got to visit Harvard earlier this spring to work with graduate students.

“One reason and one reason only that they would really help Chicago better itself is because they brought in youth from Chicago to help create those ideas because nobody knows our city like us,” Davies said.

Davies’ group’s pitch was to create a boot camp of sorts for community members interested in running for office.  

She joked that if their idea gets picked up by city leaders “all the old people will be out of office.”

Anthony Tucker, founder of Pitch Black, said he worked with Chicago native and Bulls guard Dwyane Wade.

“As an event that happened outside of the walls of Chicago, being humble and not coming with judgments about what we thought we could do or what we thought we could teach the city, that is not at all how this was thought about,” Tucker said.

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