Chain of Change Awareness Campaign


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Youth activists and adult allies are invited to join Chain of Change by participating in a public art installation symbolizing a movement to end violence. In partnership with the Center for Community Arts Partnerships and Lawrence Minksy's Ad Agency class at Columbia College, Beyondmedia has created silicone "awareness" bracelets with the debossed words, "Youth Against Violence -," to raise awareness of the violence affecting young people in Chicago. These bracelets will be sold for $1 throughout Chicago at Chain of Change events and in select cities across the country.

Each time a bracelet is sold, a "receipt" will be generated, which includes the buyer's name, location, and a personal message relating to how violence has affected their life. These receipts will become a long paper chain, which will be installed at an outdoor venue near Columbia College. The "Wrap the Park in the Chain of Change" opening event will feature youth speakers, music and performance Spring 2011.

Bracelet Messages

  • "I have experienced, witnessed and perpetuated way too much violence in my life. I’ve had a chance to see and feel the consequences of these acts. I am never sure if healing is possible."
  • "I'm a young girl that's against violence and actually i have experienced violence, but not in my family. I don;t like violence and think violence is bad to our neighborhood. So, I really want to help the people that is going through somethings and stop violence. THE VIOLENCE STOPS NOW!"
    -Rogers Park
  • "Violent advertisements have shown me how I don't want to live my life. I've watched people get cancer and turn their lives upside down because they listened to a tobacco advertisement."
    -Beverly, Chicago
  • "I experienced girl on girl violence in high school. The girl that harassed me throughout the school year decided that her next violent attack would be to assault me. I do not believe in violence and thus did not fight back. "
    -Cicero, IL
  • "I support safe neighborhoods for all youth from Chicago to the Arab World!"
    -Chicago Lawn & Palestine
  • "Personally, I myself had not been bullied, but my little brother(9 years old) has experienced bullying around school, just because he is in special ed. That breaks my heart and I myself would like to encourage people that we are all equal humans."
    -Chicago, IL
  • "I witnessed bullying on campus."
    -Lincoln Park
  • "I have never personally experienced violence, but my heart goes out to the victims of any kind of violence. You will get through this, You are strong!"
    -Mckinley Park
  • "Youth in all Chicago neighborhoods should feel safe to live and play in their communities."
  • "The Peace Poets, we teach Spoken Word Poetry, Theatre of the Oppressed, Hip Hop Theatre."
    -The South Bronx, NY

The Chain of Change is a project of Beyondmedia Education

Beyondmedia Education's mission is to collaborate with under-served and under-represented women, youth and communities to tell their stories, connect their stories to the world around us, and organize for social justice through the creation and distribution of media arts.

To learn more about Beyondmedia Education, visit

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Make and share your media about youth and violence on the Chain of Change website.

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Fill out our survey about how violence affects you. All information is confidential and no names are needed.

Participate in the Awareness Campaign

Buy a Chain of Change bracelet, write a message and get it added as a piece of public art.

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