Emanuel, Preckwinkle work to expand kids' summer programs

May 4, 2011 3:41:25 PM PDT
Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and county board president Toni Preckwinkle say they are working together to expand summer programs for kids.

The idea is to help reduce young violence. They say the city, county and businesses will team up to run the programs that aim at keeping young people off the streets.

"Programs through the sheriff's office, county works and the forest preserve district will ensure more youth will stay off the street and are in educational, fun summer programs that open their minds, keep them safe, help them hit the ground running when schools starts again," said Preckwinkle.

"One of the reasons I called for a comprehension after school program is because 70 percent of all youth violence occurs between 3 and 6. School's out and neither mom or mom and dad at home," said Emanuel.

Five foundations are contributing some of the money needed to run the programs.