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Youth trauma

Learn more about the Youth Resilience Project and how promoting trauma responsive frameworks and supporting staff can help schools become centers for healing as well as learning.

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Abandoned
in their neighborhoods

Elected officials from federal, state and local government attended to hear the data presented and the voices of young people who testified on their experiences related to employment. This report, produced by UIC’s Great Cities Institute, provides a supplement to the voices of the young people and those that work with them.

THE HIGH COSTS FOR OUT OF SCHOOL AND JOBLESS YOUTH IN CHICAGO AND COOK COUNTY

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ASN serves as a conduit for the work of its member schools and community-based programs, connecting the mission, goals, strategies and outcomes to create a unified community of active participants in programming. Through this role, ASN is able to link the voices of its partner communities to marshal resources and expertise that will improve the outcomes for its target populations.

Dropouts Matter

In Chicago, nearly 40,000 youth between the ages of 15 and 20 and approximately 97,000 youth ages 16 to 24 are high school dropouts. These teens and young adults often find their personal circumstances too insurmountable to overcome on their own in order to stay in school.

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Prison Pipeline


Dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be incarcerated in their lifetime.  90% of the 11,000 youth in adult detention facilities have no more than a 9th grade education.

Job Loss


High school dropouts are less likely to receive skills and experience needed for employment, which also impacts the development of the future workforce. In 2001, only 55% of young adult dropouts were employed (nationally), compared with 74% of high school graduates and 87% of four-year college graduates.

Tax Revenue Loss

 

Dropouts earn less over their lifetime which equates to fewer tax contributions for the community. They also contribute to the state and federal tax coffers at only about one-half the rate of high school graduates; over a working lifetime about $60,000 or less, or $50 billion annually for the 23 million high school non-completers, ages 18-67.

 

Taxpayer Costs

 

Over the lifetime of each dropout, taxpayers bear the cost of approximately $290,000 due to loss of tax contributions, increased public assistance costs and correctional costs. Dropouts are substantially more likely to rely on public assistance than those with a high school diploma.

In The Spotlight

The High Costs for Out of School and Jobless Youth in Chicago and Cook County
Monday June 12
June 12th Press Conference - Illinois and the U.S. are losing an estimated $9.5 billion in future tax revenue, as tens of thousands of out-of-school…
Youth Jobs: A Smart Investment
Friday May 26
CITY COUNCIL AND COUNTY BOARD COME TOGETHER TO ADDRESS CRISIS OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT“Nothing Builds a Future Like a Job” Alderman Patrick O’Connor (40th Ward) and…
ASN Takes on Youth Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Tuesday March 21
The ASN Youth Resilience Project is dedicated to the cause of bringing knowledge, awareness, and support to schools around issues associated with youth trauma.
More Jobs Less Violence: Youth Employment Hearing 2017
Thursday January 26
“More Jobs, Less Violence: Connecting Youth to a Brighter Future,” is the title of the 2017 Youth Employment Hearing sponsored by Alternative Schools Network and…
2016 Graduation Schedule
Thursday June 02
Congratulation to the Class of 2016! "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"- Nelson Mandela  
Awaken Chicago Conference
Wednesday April 13
ASN is a sponsor of Awaken Chicago conference which will take place Friday, April 29- Sunday, May 1st at the University of Chicago.  Awaken Chicago…
Stop Violence: Create Youth Jobs
Monday March 21
The Cook County Board’s Workforce, Housing and Community Development Committee, chaired by Commissioner Bridget Gainer will hold a hearing on the crisis of joblessness among…
Solution To The Crisis: Youth Employment Hearing
Thursday January 21
Despite a growing national economic recovery, a new report by the University of Illinois Chicago Great Cities Institute, Lost: The Crisis Of Jobless And Out…
Laugh for a Cause - Buy Tickets!
Tuesday January 19
Come join the Alternative School Network for an evening of laughter at a Pre-Valentines Day Comedy Show. Three of Chicago’s top comedians will be there…
Join the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP)!
Thursday January 07
The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) provides youth ages 18-24 an opportunity to explore meaningful and productive careers in manufacturing. Simultaneously, the program addresses the…