Back in SEPTEMBER 2013 I released this public challenge to our political, civic and community leadership with NO responses of press conferences, interviews, news columns or almost ANYTHING regarding Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who released the community groups who had received the first level of funding from Mayor Emanuels new $50 Million dollar Anti-Crime Initiative!!! We are in State of Emergency and we need to take an honest look that if the groups chosen and future groups can immediately help put our young people to WORK in legal jobs and not looking to the gang, drug and other illegal street economies!!
While we debate over 200 Million that President Obama has yet to raise, our collective leadership and community continues to remain SILENT on over 30 MILLION dollars that Mayor Emanuel STILL sits on - WHY? Where is the same frenzy we placed on Obama NOT being done towards Mayor Emanuel? Arent our Black/Minority youth STILL in a State of Emergency and could benefit RIGHT NOW from the money that The Mayor continues to sit on, as if there are not qualified groups groups all over our city worth investing in today?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's anti-crime project chose 11 social-service groups to work in Chicago's toughest neighborhoods this summer and through the school year.
The Mayor's Public Safety Action Committee, which is headed by Chicago business executives including The Englewood Community's own Jim Reynolds of Loop Capital Markets, doled out $1.7 million to the nonprofits that will in turn mentor 3,000 young people and offer conflict resolution and job training. The business group has raised $41 million for the five-year project with a goal of at least $50 million.
Here are the 11 groups receiving the first round of funding and the work they will do:
Kleo Community Family Life Center will tackle truancy issues.
Phalanx Family Services will support mentorship and provide up to 150 hours of paid work experience to participating youth.
Westside Health Authority will build mentorship and employment programs for youths in the juvenile justice system.
Youth Outreach Services will offer job training and financial-literacy classes to 160 youths in the juvenile justice system.
SGA Youth and Family Services will offer job training to 300 young people and oversee a service-learning project.
Youth Guidance will support the Becoming a Man program, which includes mentoring and job experience.
South Shore Drill Team will offer job training and education on decision-making, goal-setting and anger management during its Sounds of Summer program.
Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development will get kids into after-school and weekend programs and offer mentoring.
Uhlich Children's Advantage Network will offer career development and life-skills programming.
LISC will work with neighborhoods to investigate problems that lead to crime.
Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention will implement curriculum that teaches personal responsibility and social problem-solving.
The question STILL IS - HOW are these funds being funded for those "at risk" youth who are available to work right now -- can't find enough legal work and resources - and are continually being drawn into the gang, drug, and other illegal street economies. Its ECONOMICALLY VIOLENT for the Mayor to have $40 Million dollars available now and won't use it now for immediate employment and resource opportunities now that the people can see. So again, I issue this challenge to our community and political leadership to ask the Mayor WHY we are not using these available NOW! If we can raise a frenzy to President Obama regarding still to be raised money that we cant issue the same challenge to Mayor Emanuel with money he has RIGHT NOW??
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(Rev. Willie T. Barrow Consumer Education and Consumer Action Project)
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