‘We want young people to be children’: Englewood organization hosts talent showcase inspiring children to dream big


CHICAGO (SCS) — This is an opportunity for South Side youth to show off their skills and possibly open doors.

CBS 2’s Steven Graves tells us how a young man uses music to steer children away from the path of violence.

At just 20 years old, Dorian Adams continues to devote more than a decade of his life to the service of young people.

“The older you get, the more experiences you have. And I just feel like I learn more about myself every year.”

Learning – through its organization That’s life. Organize events like an end-of-year party in Bronzeville on Tuesday.
A kick off for safe summer spaces to meet other kids, play games and get free gifts.

“Someone will come and give me something so I can give it to a kid. And a kid, that could be his day for the next five years,” Adams said.

And for nine years, he led one of the biggest efforts with his mother, Natalie Manning, a talent showcase. This June 25th it will be in Englewood, where kids are getting shot during the summer at the fastest pace in the entire city.

The location, a Salvation Army, near where a Chicago police officer was shot.

“We don’t promote that. We want kids to be kids,” Adams said.

This talent showcase is not just a “one and done”. In the past, young people had real life opportunities, follow-up, opportunities in the industry.

“Power 92’s Hot Rod gave kids the opportunity to get their music played on the radio. So it was an opportunity we didn’t expect, but a lot of kids may never have the chance. to play their music,” said Natalie Manning, co-founder of This is Life.

Adams said it was about getting people to see the good in young people like him, rather than the violence.

“You’re not going to talk about how five teenagers started a clothing line. Now their business is booming, but nobody wants to talk about it, though.”

He knows, because it’s his story, to wear the very clothes he designed today. And the hope is even more stories like his in the spotlight.

“We having open arms, we don’t hesitate anyone to come and join us.”

Adam’s group is still looking for sponsors to register for the talent showcase. It will be held June 25 at Englewood Salvation Army, located at 69th and Sangamon.

Click here for more information on C’est la vie and how you can help.

Sponsorship opportunity still available for the 9th Annual This Is Life Youth Talent Showcase & Resource Expo

posted by That’s life on Thursday, June 16, 2022


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