Tune in to Dr. Leon Finney, Jr. as he discusses “Campaign for Youth Jobs .. Chicago Are We Up for the Challenge?” His “Another Perspective” talk show airs on WVON 1690AM – Chicago on SATURDAY May 25th from 4p – 5p CT (5p – 6p ET). Dr. Finney and other guests including Norm Bond will be examining the various dynamics around teen unemployment and the campaign for jobs for the youth.
The Chicago Board of Education approved the largest school closure in the city’s history — voting to shutter 49 elementary schools and one high school program.
And what about jobs? It has been alleged that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated in a closed meeting that only 1,500 jobs would be available for the summer.
In Philadelphia, a poorly planned “job fair for ex-felons” flopped. An unexpected crowd resulted in the City of Philadelphia organizers shutting down the career fair with thousands of hopefuls being turned away and not even making it inside the planned venue.
Also in Detroit, the state-appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has painted a bleak financial picture. His first report says Detroit’s net cash position was negative $162 million as of April 26. Detroit is 82.70% African American according to the latest Census numbers.
In this backdrop, as we approach the end of the school year, what will be the implications for today’s youth? What is the reason for the continued job shortage? How will this prolonged unemployment impact low income youth? And why aren’t more people talking about this epidemic and focusing resources on solutions?