By Sandra Treviño
Despite the violence that continues to plague Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, there abounds a sense of hope thanks to the efforts of one of its long-time advocates, Marina Alonso.
Her charismatic demeanor, giving nature and deep concern for those in her community, has allowed her to open doors for those less fortunate and those looking to grow. Through her work, Alonso has provided residents of this neighborhood with opportunities for empowerment and self-sufficiency.
Alonso, 52, has been at Hedges Fine and Performing Arts School for over 20 years. Her work ethic in the school’s kitchen, which was the first job she tackled at Hedges, was noticed by a principle who offered her a lucky break.
Her uncanny ability to seek information and share it with others, quickly lead to her now full-time career as School Community Representative. This position brings her up close and personal with parents and students, not only in her school and neighborhood, but also with those she’s seen graduate and move on to successful careers, some even returning years later as teachers.
This full-time work, which tends to spill over into her personal life, doesn’t stop her from being pro-active in other organizations that also seek to help improve the area…
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