'Fighting for My Self'

'In Youth We Trust' Grant Winner

In Youth We Trust Council is made up of high-school-aged youth from across Northern Illinois. The program engages young people in community service and philanthropy. IYWT gives the council members resources and opportunities to help solve problems affecting their peers and their quality of life. The IYWT Grant Program distributes up to $25,000 a year to youth-led projects in the region. IYWT Council Members set grant policy, review youth-inspired service project proposals, and recommend proposals for funding to CFNIL’s Board of Directors.


The 2019 IYWT Grant Cycle were the most competitive to date with 15 groups from across Northern Illinois submitting proposals. The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois approved nine grants totaling $23,675 which were recommended by the IYWT Council. The nine projects were named in April and Aquin's Theater Department was one of the winners. The grant money will be used across the entire spectrum of the production and in future performances at Aquin.


Click here to read about all of the 2019 award winners.

Fighting For A Voice . Aquin High School

The project “Fighting For A Voice” proposes to put on a dramatic play, “Fighting for My Self” that addresses the very real stresses on today’s teenage girls such as pressure to be thin, to be popular, to have sex, to do drugs, etc. Though focusing on young women’s issues, this play offers a measure of hope and is vital to everyone.


Pictured above right are the 5 girls who helped write the grant with Mrs. Connie Gogel and Mr. Steve Hotchkiss. The girls are Chloe Smith, Zeita Gastel, Madelyn McIntyre, Shirley Hounnou and Kamryn Steil. Way to go, DAWGS!

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A Synopsis of the Play

"Pressure to be thin. Pressure to be popular. Pressure to have sex. Pressure to do drugs. All of these are very real stresses on today’s teenage girls, many of whom lose their way just trying to survive.


'Fighting For My Self' features individual scenes of dramatic portrayals of these situations as the characters struggle to win back their self-reliance and hold on to their identities in the face of peer pressure. Karen suffers from bulimia. Kim, a recovering drug addict, must confront her younger sister about her drug use. Meg has just found out she’s pregnant. Liz is fighting depression and Juanita must deal with the violent death of her best friend.


Though focusing on women’s issues, this poignant play is vital for all, offering a message of hope."

--from 'PioneerDrama.com'

Cast and Crew

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Aquin Theater Dept. presents 'Fighting for My Self'

Friday, Nov. 15th, 9:30am to Sunday, Nov. 17th, 4pm

1419 South Galena Avenue

Freeport, IL

  • Friday . November 15 . School Day Performance . (Time TBD)
  • Friday . November 15 . Evening Performance . 7:00pm
  • Saturday . November 16 . Evening Performance . 7:00pm
  • Sunday . November 17 . Afternoon Performance . 2:00pm