Bridget Gainer

Giving Chicago juveniles in detention a glimpse of a different future

Giving Chicago juveniles in detention a glimpse of a different future

A cosmetologist. A pediatrician. An anesthesiologist. A computer engineer. Maybe choose two, one teen suggested.

All were potential careers mentioned by teenagers over lunch at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, which houses kids ages 12 to 17 who have cases pending in juvenile court. The conversations were part of a series called “Tell Your Story,” organized by County Commissioner Bridget Gainer to bring Chicagoans in various professions together at a speed-networking event with detained minors.

“I thought, if they can’t leave at this moment, then let’s bring people to them,” Gainer said.

She has been visiting the center for years. For kids inside,...

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