Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an increase in funding for proven programs that will provide 2,000 additional at-risk Chicago Public School students with positive opportunities including jobs, life skill training, guidance, and safe alternatives to drugs, gangs and violence. The City currently serves about 3,500 students in these programs. These investments complement other investments by the Emanuel administration and will work together to provide safe and productive opportunities for two-thirds of the City’s at-risk youth.
“The greatest thing we can do as a city is give our children the support they need to succeed in the classroom, get jobs, and build successful and enjoyable lives,” said Mayor Emanuel. “We are investing in programs that have shown significant return on investment — they have reduced failing grades, reduced arrests, increased graduation rates, kept our youth out of gangs, and made a difference in keeping our most vulnerable children safe. With this new investment, we will have programs in place that provide additional jobs, career training and guidance to at-risk youth. I will continue to work on providing safe alternatives to reduce the risk of kids getting involved with drugs, gangs and violence.”
The new investments will total $4.5 million and will be invested in the Greencorps Chicago and Becoming A Man (B.A.M.) programs run by independent organizations. The programs will be funded from the City’s corporate budget and private fundraising.
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