“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.
Key Findings from the Report: Abandoned in their Neighborhoods: Youth Joblessness amidst the Flight of Industry and Opportunity produced by The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute:
- In Chicago:
- 85% of Black teens, 82% of Hispanic teens and 73% of White teens were jobless; and
- 60% of Black young adults (20-24), 33% of Hispanic young adults (20-24) and 24% of White young adults (20-24) were jobless.
- In Illinois:
- 81% of Black teens, 72% of Hispanic teens and 65% of White teens were jobless; and
- 51% of Black young adults (20-24), 29% of Hispanic young adults (20-24) and 29% of White young adults (20-24) were jobless.
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