CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Stopping the escalating violence in Chicago and across the country and saving countless lives is possible, but we need to keep our head up and look to the sky on Wednesday, September 22, 1:00PM over downtown Chicago for the answer.
Gun Violence and Crime is caused by the extraordinarily High Jobless Rates for 16-24 Year Olds, but who does it primarily affect?
16-19 year olds:
- 73% Black
- 73% Hispanic
- 62% White
20-24 Year Olds:
- 45% Black young adults
- 39% Hispanic young adults
- 36% White young adults
Millions of youths (16-19) and young adults (20-24) have little if any work experience and this translates to a lack of basic life skills such as showing up on time, working cooperatively, following instructions and ultimately filling their free time with safe and fulfilling activities and tasks. However, extensive and continued joblessness can lead youth to engage in illegal and dangerous hustles which often times lead them down a life-threatening path to guns, violence and death.
Congress has a chance to stop violence among youth and young adults. The American Family Plan should include $20 billion to employ over 3 million youth and young adults in high poverty, crime and joblessness areas in cities, suburbs and rural areas. This affects millions of youth and young adults, and a vast majority are white. Employment for these youth and young adults shapes their habits and strengths by their having first jobs and earning their own money working with local organizations that can help the youth learn the basic work skills.
To bring attention to the need for this program that can Save Lives in Chicago and across the nation one organization has taken the initiative to bridge the gap and pave the way for change.
Alternative Schools Network will be holding a 1:30PM (CST) Zoom roundtable on September 22:
Meeting ID: 873 4776 6107
The roundtable will include with Congressman Chuy Garcia, State Representative Sonya Harper, CEO of Metropolitan Family Services Ric Estrada, Craig Nash with Create Real Economic Destiny (CRED), begun and led by former US Dept. Secretary Arne Duncan, Executive Director of the Alternative Schools Network Jack Wuest, a representative of an organization that runs successful youth employment programs, and two youths for whom jobs have provided a powerful direction in their lives. The roundtable will discuss the urgency and desperate need for this plan and deployment of these congressional funds. Participants will express their own summer job program experiences and how they shaped their view on life and the impact it had on their own lives.
For additional information about the roundtable and the event, contact Jack Wuest at [email protected] or call (312) 259-2360.
SOURCE Alternative Schools Network