From South Side to North Side, group looks to expand possibilities, experiences

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CHICAGO -- When it comes to what's possible, My Block, My Hood, My City founder Jahmal Cole is giving new perspective to a new generation.

On Saturday it began at Butler College Prep in Pullman, where their creed to be the best is taking to the road and going north, 25 miles north, to Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.

Sophomores, like Jacory Ceaser, are seizing the day … to learn. Stepping out of their comfort zone  into a new world, expanding their hood.

It’s an idea that took root as Jahmal learned that even in a big city like Chicago, individual worlds can begin and end in just a few square blocks.

For 18 months, My Block, My Hood, My City has expanded the reach for hundreds of kids, showing that the world can be what you make it to be.  Each trip, costing about $1,200, takes 15-20 teenagers on a six-hour exploration of their city, the money, raised by sales of hoodies and t-shirts.

Even in the country's third largest city, life can seem small, until all the links are connected -- and the possibilities open up.

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