New investment helps young Chicagoans find their opportunity
In an effort to curb violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has directed resources to expand mentoring programs for teenagers enrolled in Chicago Public Schools. But now a new effort is targeting young men and women who aren’t in school and who are unemployed. These so-called “opportunity youth” are getting a lot of attention. Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago Great Cities Institute says there are 58,000 disconnected youth ages 16 to 24 who have been out of school and out of work in Chicago.
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