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. Cheron Massonburg was born in Chicago's Austin community. She started volunteering at Breakthrough, a social services provider on the West Side, in her teens and eventually got a job at Breakthrough's Women's Center. She moved to East Garfield Park in 2006 and worked as the Associate Director of Women's Services at Breakthrough.