Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum worked with Breakthrough's Film Crew, a group of nine young people from East Garfield Park and other West Side communities, to conduct these interviews. Breakthrough and the East Garfield Park Youth Collaborative recruited most of the narrators. Amara Enyia was born in 1983 in Baltimore, Maryland and later moved to Chicago. Her parents, who were activists in the Nigeria, impacted her interest in public policy, politics, education policy, journalism, and community outreach. She was a mayoral candidate in 2014 and self-proclaimed "municipal maven." Ms. Enyia worked in city hall under Mayor Richard M. Daley and directed a community organization among other activities.