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1637 N. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


Street-Level Youth Media is a non-profit, media arts literacy organization serving Chicago's youth.  We teach audio engineering, mixing, video production, digital photography, online journalism, and more.  If you are between the ages of 12 through 24, all of our programs and services are free.

If you live in Chicago and are between 12 - 24 years old, come take part in one or all of our media arts programs, book a private studio session, use our computer lab or join one of our clubs.  We also host an open-mic on the first Friday of each month.  

Are You Beautiful?

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A Youth-Run Webzine From Chicago.

Are You Beautiful?



As social media grows, new trends start to rise to the surface and as celebrities start praising the trends, the rest of the world follows sue. Some of the most popular trends have to do with beauty, whether it be the shape of your body, the way you do your makeup or the color of your skin, and some physical characteristics of people are extolled more than others.  For example, the ‘Don’t Judge Me Challenge’ shows videos of people transforming from ‘ugly’ to ‘beautiful’. The message behind it was to not judge a book by it’s cover, but somewhere along the lines, people started feeling like if they had freckles, moles, thick eyebrows or wore glasses that they can’t be beautiful. We tend to be hard on our self-appearance as we are being fed this information about what’s beautiful and what isn’t, but what does beautiful actually mean?