September 22, 2015
September 22, 2015 – Last night, more than 1,000 supporters helped to raise $4.7 million toward providing Chicago teens with more after-school and summer opportunities at… More ›
Since late 2019, the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board has been promoting a communitywide initiative, “Chicago Forward: Young Lives in the Balance,” to explore jobs and job-training to reach disconnected youths. That goal is even more urgent now, as the city copes with both unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have to be that link, that connection.”
Melissa Mister, chief program officer for After School Matters, was talking about jobs. She was reminding us how hard it can be for the young people in our community who don’t have the connections — a well-connected uncle, a mom on the auxiliary board, a bank president neighbor — who grease the way toward so many internships and jobs in our world. Read more here.