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Chicago's Young People Disconnected From Employment and Education at Staggering Rates

Chicago's Young People Disconnected From Employment and Education at Staggering Rates

There is an unemployment crisis in Chicago, particularly affecting young people of color, according to a new report by the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Nearly half of black men 20-24 in the city are "disconnected," meaning out of work and not enrolled in school.  

A YAP youth is quoted in the article, speaking to his belief that increased job opportunities would lead to a decrease in violence across the city:  "If more jobs was opened up to the youth, there wouldn't be nobody killing. They would be thinking about a check and the way that they would be able to eat," Wood said, speaking at a Monday morning conference on the joblessness crisis. "If we had more programs like [the Youth Advocate Program] ... I feel as if there would be less violence going on and more youth employment."

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