Ci3 Announces South Side Stories – Launch Feb. 13

Ci3 is proud to announce South Side Stories, a youth-informed research project made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

South Side Stories logo

Led by Alida Bouris, PhD (School of Social Service Administration) and Melissa Gilliam MD, MPH (Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Biological Sciences Division), South Side Stories will create a new body of research on the sexual and reproductive health of African American youth informed by “digital stories”. Digital stories combine narratives, images, and music to create a short digital video. During weekend workshops led by Ci3’s Digital Storytelling Manager Seed Lynn, youth worked with educators to create their own digital stories learning about storytelling and health, and gaining digital media skills. Watch a digital story here. Bouris and Gilliam will work closely with three community organizations: Global Girls, the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

South Side Stories photo walk

Student scholars from the School of Social Service Administration and the Pritzker School of Medicine have been accepted as Ford Scholars, working with adolescents and an interdisciplinary group of faculty from The University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences; the Harris School of Public Policy; the Departments of English, Sociology, and Health Sciences; the Division of the Humanities; and NORC, the independent research organization at The University of Chicago. Over two years the Ford Scholars will create a body of research informed by analysis of digital stories.

South Side Stories will create new knowledge by using personal narrative to inform contextual analysis that elucidates the role of structural and social factors that limit the freedom, sexuality, and health of African American youth on the South Side of Chicago, with particular attention to sexual orientation and gender.

Please join us at the South Side Stories launch on Thursday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gray Center Lab at The University of Chicago (929 E. 60th St).

This project is made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation is committed to helping individuals realize their full potential and contribute to society. Thanks to the Ford Foundation, South Side Stories will provide a platform for conducting rigorous youth-informed research in an academic setting.

For more information on South Side Stories, visit our website at, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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