50th Alumni Video Profiles

Al Castaneda | Leo Gomez | Jeremy Malone | Yaa Owusu | Claudia Valencia

For MEF's 50th Anniversary, we have shared five video profiles highlighting MEF Alumnione from each decade since Midtown Center for boys opened in 1965!

Al Castaneda

Al Castaneda, a 1975 Midtown alum, talks about life in the Chicago Pilsen neighborhood in the 1970's and how Midtown changed the trajectory of his life.

Leo Gomez

Leo Gomez talks about the doors the Midtown opened for him. "We need these programs in Chicago. When I look at myself as a father, husband, coworker, friend... all of those things are still being influenced by Midtown."

Jeremy Malone

"Midtown & Metro develop kids to be the best they can be." - Jeremy Malone, 1997 Midtown Alum

Yaa Owusu

"Since 8th grade I wanted to be a dentist and nothing was going to stop me. Metro encouraged me to accomplish this." --Yaa Owusu 1999 Metro Alumna & Pediatric Dentist

Claudia Valencia

Claudia Valencia, a 2008 Metro Alum talks about seeing her potential at Metro.