CHICAGO — With the city and state’s “shelter in place” resulting in the cancellation of proms and parties, some teens and young adults may be feeling sad and antsy. A Chicago activist is hosting a series of virtual events hoping to break up the monotony of quarantine.
On Saturday at 4 p.m., activist Ja’Mal Green will interview Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Facebook Live. Next week, he’ll speak with Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
The initiative, dubbed “Young & Restless,” is a five-day virtual event offering mental wellness support and other resources to Chicago youth dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Green hopes to use education, awareness, fitness and fun to get youth to pay attention to social distancing rules.
Kids and teens who tune in will also have the opportunity to win part of a $1,000 giveaway sponsored by the Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, and “Young & Restless” face masks.
The event kicks off with Saturday’s discussion with Lightfoot about the city’s coronavirus response.
The rest of the schedule is below:
Saturday at 6 p.m. – Siddiqu Muhammad hosts Fitness Challenge
Sunday at 6 p.m. – Special Mother’s Day Live
Monday at 6 p.m. – TV Trivia with “Everybody Loves Raymond” actress Patricia Heaton (Cash giveaways)
Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. – Dr. Ngozi Ezike joins Ja’Mal to talk about re-opening Illinois
Wednesday at 6 p.m. – Virtual Open Mic with special guests
Tune in here to catch the interviews and performances.