Meet brothers, Chikezie and Gozie Nwachukwu, and their good friend, BILAL OTHMAN.

large_14250These fine gentlemen are about to start their exciting journey to higher education and not just any higher education, we’re talking Ivy League.

For Chikezie, Gozie, and Bilal their journey to the Ivy League includes an off-the-beaten-path venture into Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia program to shoot a video for a school project. According to Jeff Lassahn, a YOUmedia mentor at Harold Washington Library Center, “they’ve been coming 1-2 times a week ever since.” The two brothers and good friend went to YOUmedia to make a film – now they are producing podcasts, and learning Spanish. Bilal even took up sewing. “You come in for one thing and you end up developing 10 new skills,” he said.

“I handed my camera to Jeff [Lassahn] and he pressed two buttons and everything became way better,” Bilal reminisced of his first experience at YOUmedia.

“Our film, which was on attitudes about race in society around the same time as the Eric Garner case, wasn’t coming together, but once we started participating in YOUmedia that really helped our project along. For example, our audio was so bad at first but in YOUmedia everything just went from 0 to 100.” Gozie will be attending Columbia University and Chikezie will be at Yale this fall. Neither of them have a firm idea of what majors they wish to pursue, but they both know they’ll keep active in the arts and media.


What all three of them have in common is they each give full credit to their successes to YOUmedia and to their beloved mentor, Jeff Lassahn.

Jeff urged Bilal to create films during his summer visiting Pakistan and he’s advised Gozie and Chikezie on their (PRO)ject US project. (PRO)ject US is an initiative for young adults between the ages of 13 – 23 designed to build fashion design, music production, and new media journalism skills. Jeff has inspired them to keep coming back to YOUmedia to further develop their interest in film and video production.

Chikezie and Gozie immediately followed up by stating, almost in unison, “YOUmedia was the perfect place, and perfect time for us.”

“Our film, which was on attitudes about race in society around the same time as the Eric Garner case, wasn’t coming together, but once we started participating in YOUmedia that really helped our project along. For example, our audio was so bad at first but in YOUmedia everything just went from 0 to 100.”

“Our film, which was on attitudes about race in society around the same time as the Eric Garner case, wasn’t coming together, but once we started participating in YOUmedia that really helped our project along. For example, our audio was so bad at first but in YOUmedia everything just went from 0 to 100.

  • Gozie will be attending Columbia University and Chikezie will be at Yale this fall.
  • Neither of them have a firm idea of what majors they wish to pursue,
  • But they both know they’ll keep active in the arts and media.

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