“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.
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 critical shortage of qualified workers in the manufacturing sector. The MCIP has been very successful with a large percentage of the youth currently employed or pursuing post-secondary education. Developed by Business and Career Services in partnership with Medusa Consulting Group; The MCIP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and theIllinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) through the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.
It’s been nine days since the video of Laquan McDonald was released. Among the millions viewing the shooting are his classmates. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at the killing through the eyes of other teens. Students at Sullivan House High School have not only seen the infamous video of their former classmate, Laquan McDonald, pelted with bullets by a Chicago cop, but they’ve watched numerous times. One youth says he’s seen it “at least 30 times.”