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Author Ken Green Speaks to After School Matters teens

Author Kenneth N Green, who wrote the book I’m From Division Street, will be discussing his comeback story at Roosevelt High School at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at a program for teenagers who participate in Chicago’s After School Matters® programs. After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago high school teens innovative out-of-school activities through science, sports, tech, words37, and the nationally recognized gallery programs. “I wanted to tell my story to young people to inspire them to reach their goals, even when they face adverse conditions, as I did,” said Green, who now lives in Los Angeles and has a condo in Chicago. I’m From Division Street tells of the author’s personal journey from his tough Humboldt Park neighborhood, where he faced poverty, academic problems, and anti-Semitism. His book describes his “Rocky-like” comeback after being kicked out of Roosevelt High School to achieving a successful legal career as an Attorney, Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, supervising approximately 400 attorneys, and Adjunct Professor at U.C.L.A. for 32 years. He was also inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame, became a Reserve Police Sergeant, at the age of 68, served as a U.S. Army Soldier in Korea, and raised a son as a single parent. His book also vividly describes the Humboldt Park neighborhood during the time of his youth and profiles famous and successful people who had their roots in that neighborhood. The author’s website is After School Matters® After School Matters® programs are provided through a network of public and private partnerships that include Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, and community organizations throughout the city. After School Matters® programs are recognized nationally for their innovative approach to coordinating city resources and delivering unique and diverse programs. The hands-on, project-based programs expose teens to rewarding careers and help them develop marketable job skills. After School Matters® provides teens with opportunities to discover their potential and find their future.

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