“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 held at the Chicago Urban League on January 30, 2017. Other co-sponsors of the hearing include Chicago Area Project, Youth Connection Charter School, Westside Health Authority, Black United Fund of IL, National Youth Advocate Program, La Casa Norte, Lawrence Hall, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Heartland Alliance and Metropolitan Family Services. Each of these groups work directly with young people, providing mentorship and employment related opportunities. 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.
Congratulation to the Class of 2016!
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"- Nelson Mandela
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 will provide opportunities for you and your students to connect, to learn, and to act. Through breakout sessions, participants will learn about how inner peace and social action work together to create community. Drawing on ancient traditions and the latest research, participants will hear from top keynote speakers how to unlock the power of our own sense of worth.
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 the county’s low-income and minority youth. Triggered by the University of Illinois Chicago’s Great Cities Institute report, Lost: The Crisis of Jobless and Out Of School Teens and Young Adults in Chicago, Illinois and the U.S., the hearing examines new data from the Institute that pulls out statistics for Cook County comparable to those in the report. The University of Chicago Crime Lab will present its findings showing a correlation between summer youth employment and reduced violence.
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 Of School Teens and Young Adults In Chicago, Illinois and the U.S., shows that Chicago is one of the nation's leaders in youth joblessness with 88 percent of Chicago’s black teens (16-19) and 85 percent Hispanic teens jobless. Nearly 1 of 2 young Black men, 20-24, in Chicago are jobless and out of school – 47%. 44% in Illinois and 32% in the country. In response to these findings, as well as proposed cuts in federal and state employment programs, and the rising death toll as gang battles escalate, a group of youth, legislators, public officials and key agency leaders will tackle the impact of youth joblessness at a public hearing, Solution to the CRISIS: Youth Employment.
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 to bring the laughter and entertainment. This event is a fundraiser for the Alternative School Network to host future events for student benefits. Be sure to stop by the Information table to collect flyers and brochures about The Alternative School Network. Video footage of past events that the schools have participated in will be shown for your enjoyment.