Richard M. Daley today announced several new summer programs, and the expansion of existing ones, in hopes of keeping kids off the streets after a record-setting wave of violence.
The city will start six new programs this summer, including Freshman Connection, which helps teens transition to high school, and youth advisory councils, which will bring them together to discuss safety and public policy."We want our young people to stay safe from violence, stay away from a life of violence and achieve their full potential in life," says Daley.
"Any program that's giving jobs to young people would be welcome and beneficial to the city and all those involved," Dighton says. "That's one of the most needed things out there, and one of the problems we have with the people we work with."Daley, noting that many jobs today are in the private sector, challenged Chicago business leaders to provide jobs for teens.
The changes are expected to increase participation in summer programs to 280,000, up 15,000 from last year, the city says. An additional 1,000 jobs will be available to young
people, pushing the number of total opportunities above 18,000 this
summer, the city says.
* Freshman Connection, a program designed by Chicago Public Schools to help 8th graders transition to high school.
* Bilingual Bridge Program for English Language Learners, offered by CPS for grades 3, 6 and 8.
* School and Career Readiness Program, offered by the Department of Children and Youth Services and CHA.
* Manufacturing Readiness Program, providing jobs in the manufacturing industry.
* Two youth councils focused on public policy, offered by CYS and the Mikva Challenge.
* Chicago Voices Against Violence, a contest and expo offered by CYS, CAPS, and Clear Channel Radio.