Text Size
Login
config

Hunter: We cannot continue to fail our young people

hunter062917SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to address the growing number of out-of-school and jobless youth in Illinois, legislation sponsored by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) passed both legislative chambers, which will create a statewide task force to develop programs and opportunities for this rapidly increasing population.

“We cannot continue to fail our young people,” said Hunter. “The first step to fixing this problem is listening to the young people who will become our next leaders. When I talk to youth in my district their number one request is to bring jobs to the community. "We need to further our support for programs that will help keep our youth active and will put them to meaningful work, especially youth in communities where their only other option may be to turn to the streets.”

The University of Illinois at Chicago released a report in 2016 that states there were 190,945 youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years old who were jobless and not in school in Illinois. Other studies have found 88 percent of black teens in Chicago aged 16 to 19 are unemployed. In Chicago, 85 percent of Hispanic teens in the same age range are unemployed compared to 71 percent nationwide.

“Joblessness disproportionately affects youth from communities of color,” Hunter said. “This task force is designed to put an end to the unfair cycle that treats our youth as if they’re less than. This is about creating opportunities for youth and providing them with a strong foundation for future careers during their formative years.”

The task force will examine policies, programs and other issues related to developing a variety of successful approaches using best program practices for jobless youth. They group will be required to submit an interim report to the Governor and the General Assembly, by Jan. 31, 2018, as well as a final report by Dec. 31, 2018 with its recommendations.

Sign up for The Majority Report HERE

News Releases

IMAGE Van Pelt on governor’s claims: I have my doubts
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
CHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt of Chicago reacted to Governor Bruce Rauner’s assertion yesterday that he has done more for...

Read More...
IMAGE Jones: Governor falsely claims support of black community
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
CHICAGO – State Senator Emil Jones, III (D-Chicago) is issuing a response to misleading claims made by the governor during his Juneteenth...

Read More...
IMAGE Cunningham resolution celebrates Special Olympics milestone, honors athletes’ accomplishments
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
CHICAGO – A resolution presented by State Senator Bill Cunningham celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics and congratulates...

Read More...
IMAGE Bertino-Tarrant empowers consumers to make sound financial decisions
Friday, 08 June 2018
PLAINFIELD - Credit reporting agencies will no longer be able to charge Illinois residents who want to freeze their report reports due to system...

Read More...
IMAGE Tom Cullerton’s Equifax measure is now law
Friday, 08 June 2018
VILLA PARK – On Sept. 7, 2017, Equifax announced that a security breach compromised the personal information of 143 million U.S. residents,...

Read More...

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube