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Mother & Son Duo Announce This Is Life 8th Annual Youth Talent Showcase & Resource Expo

Changing the lives and minds of at risk youth

We wanted young people to realize their worth and give them a platform to express themselves.

    CHICAGO, IL, May 28, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- This Is Life will host its 8th Annual Talent Showcase and Resource Expo on June 26, 2021. Hosted by Hot Rod of Power 92 with sounds provided by DJ Fly Ty this is sure to be an event youth and their families won't forget! Natalie Manning, co-founder of This Is Life, is a committed and dedicated voice in the fight against senseless gun violence. She has worked tirelessly within the community to change the lives and minds of at-risk youth. It is Natalie's belief that youth in Chicago are in desperate need of resources and that's why she takes so much pride in providing the annual This Is Life Talent Showcase and Resource Expo. Since its inception the event has attracted thousands of young people and has had thousands of performers to grace the stage!

BEYOND STOP THE VIOLENCE - Let's start the summer off on a positive note! Now more than ever, the world needs to shift into a more loving, joyful, and positive space for our youth to dwell! Join us! Post a picture or video of yourself showcasing your talent for the WORLD to see. Use the hashtag #ThisIsLife.

In 2013 Natalie co-founded This Is Life nonprofit organization with her son Dorian "D.A." Adams to provide youth in Chicago with a platform to display their skills and talent. When asked about why this was significant to them, Natalie shared "We wanted young people to realize their worth and give them a platform to express themselves."

As a recipient of the Hit the Hood grant, This Is Life 8th Annual Youth Talent Showcase & Resource Expo has made admission free to the public! Admission includes food and there will be a bouncy house, gaming truck, photo booth, and face painting available along with the performances. The event will take place on Saturday June 26, 2021 between 1- 4 pm. It will be held at the Salvation Army Adele and Robert Stern, 945 W 69th St, Chicago, IL 60621. RSVP here: Performance, vendor, and sponsorship opportunities are available! To apply email [email protected].

If you're a media outlet or photographer interested in covering This is Life 8th Annual Annual Talent Showcase & Resource Expo, please send your inquiry to Whit Devereaux at [email protected].

About #ThisIsLife: The #ThisIsLife movement was founded in Chicago by mother-son duo Natalie Manning and Dorian "D.A." Adams when he was just 11 years old. They wanted to create a safe space for Dorian and his peers to share their talents amongst one another and their neighborhoods. It has been a major success! The overall goal is to deter the youth in the community from the negative thoughts and violence that is happening all over the world. This Is Life instead continuously encourages the youth to remain positive by staying focused on mastering their crafts and sharing them with the world. Additionally, This Is Life has been featured on various media outlets including The New York Times, CBS 2, WVON, AC Green Show and countless others.

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