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Chandra Gill, Ph.D., knows what it’s like to grow up in the inner city.

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“Where I’m from, young people stand on corners they do not own and frequent stores owned by others. Where I’m from, churches overpopulate blocks as some of their own parishioners enter jails around the clock,” she writes on her website.

Raised in the crime-ridden Woodlawn section of Chicago, Gill can easily relate to children from urban communities. She uses her experiences to encourage youth to get an education through the group she founded, called Blackademically Speaking.

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