Jobs for Youth

September 15, 2008 11:41:17 AM PDT
A unique program in Chicago aims to help disadvantage children find jobs. The organizers work with more than 500 companies, have secured more than 21,000 placements, and they're changing lives everyday. Yet, not a lot of people know about "Jobs for Youth."The program's Robert Arnett and Joshua Goodlow visit ABC7 Chicago.

Chicago's Mayor Daley and the state of Illinois have declared September "Jobs for Youth month to celebrate what the program does for the community.

Statistics on the program:

It is reported that, in Chicago, nearly 100,000 youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are out of school and jobless.

Once kids completed the Jobs for Youth program, 50 percent of them found a job in less than two months.

Jobs for Youth targets is low-income families and disadvantaged children, and it has been said many times that the answer to curbing the violence that plagues neighborhoods is jobs.

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