The Knee'd to Succeed

Sixteen-year-old Guillermo Tellez sits casually with one leg propped up on a chair, clad in his usual athletic shorts and a t-shirt with his signature perky ponytail peeping out from the top of his head.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Guillermo is the second child of four. He has an older brother and a younger brother and sister. They live in a house in the Belmont Craigan district of Northern Chicago. They moved from Southern Chicago when Guillermo was around five or six years old.

On being asked what growing up in Chicago is like for a teen like him, Guillermo said it is difficult because there a lot of gangs and shootings, especially living downtown like him.

“As long as you hang out with the right people, you’ll be okay,” Guillermo said. “Then [living in downtown Chicago] is really …
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