We're working on a new version of PRX. Want a sneak peek?

Urban Warriors: Story Album

Series produced by YMCA/YSVP Story Squad

Series image

Urban Warriors is a program that pairs youth and veterans in trauma-informed, mentorship-based relationships. The program helps to promote self-empathy, understanding of traumatic experiences and positive coping skills, and to empower participants to take positive action within their communities. We have recorded many participants’ stories, highlighting their experiences with violence, journeys of self reflection and healing, and perspectives on Urban Warriors. These stories are featured on this album.

Album produced by Grant Buhr gbuhr@ymcachicago.org

Urban Warriors is a program that pairs youth and veterans in trauma-informed, mentorship-based relationships. The program helps to promote self-empathy, understanding of traumatic experiences and positive coping skills, and to empower participants to take positive action within their communities. We have recorded many participants’ stories, highlighting their experiences with violence, journeys of self reflection and healing, and perspectives on Urban Warriors. These stories are featured on this album.

Album produced by Grant Buhr: gbuhr@ymcachicago.org

Interested in becoming an Urban Warrior Mentor?
Call William Schranz at 773.642.3812 or email
wschranz@ymcachicago.org


18 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Piece image
In this voice collage, veterans and youth share their personal definitions of what it means to be an “Urban Warrior.”

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 02:44
Piece image
In the Navy for five years Carlos maintained airplanes. As a behavior therapist for youth, Carlos works with a young man who intimidates the other ...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 08:41
Piece image
After George loses his father, he starts smoking marijuana and selling drugs. In Urban Warriors, he connects with a veteran who has a positive impa...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 03:12
Piece image
Growing up in Little Village, Jorge experienced firsthand the toll that gang violence has on communities and individuals. Jorge talks about joining...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 08:16
Piece image
Francisco grew up feeling endangered and like he had to become involved with the gang his family was in for his own safety. When he was ready to ma...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 05:46
Piece image
In part two of his story, Steven talks about how addressing emotions and trauma is often taboo for veterans, and how Urban Warriors gave him a chan...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 05:17
Piece image
Giovanni knows that others consider him and many youth in his neighborhood to be criminals. In Urban Warriors, he learns about himself and begins t...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 04:28
Piece image
Steven knew from a young age that he wanted to join the military. In Afghanistan, the expectation of violence impacts the rest of his life experien...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 07:50
Piece image
On the streets, Danny compares himself to an animal in the wild that is in constant danger. Growing up around gangbangers, it felt natural for him ...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 06:49
Piece image
Abner talks about how he responded to his own bad choices and the problems they created by joining the Army. In Urban Warriors, Abner connects with...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 05:56
Piece image
At young age, Victor is taken from his mother and lives at three foster homes. After witnessing violence against his family, he has a realization w...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 04:38
Piece image
Rich recognizes the similarities between his childhood and the youth he works with in Urban Warriors. He stresses that youth have choices, even if ...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 04:37
Piece image
Early in life, Alex witnesses a traumatic event in which his stepfather is stabbed and killed. Alex finds himself drawn into the negativity that su...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 10:06
Piece image
Noah’s childhood was full of instability as he and his family moved from place to place and shelter to shelter. The strict rules of the shelters we...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 07:49
Piece image
As an Urban Warriors facilitator, Charles has learned strategies for connecting with youth by strategically encouraging them to open up about their...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 05:43
Piece image
Jacobi shares the struggles he encountered while growing up and how they led to his involvement with a gang. He talks about how he channelled his p...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 06:10
Piece image
Urban Warriors is a program that pairs youth and veterans in trauma-informed, mentorship-based relationships. The program helps to promote self-emp...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 02:02
Piece image
Alberto’s convoy security truck is hit with an IED in Iraq, and the military recognizes his service with a Purple Heart. After returning from war, ...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 06:15