The city will be pumping $4.5 million into programs that serve
at-risk youth, including summer jobs, mentoring programs and
recreational programs, to benefit an estimated 2,000 children attending 17
Chicago Public Schools, according to an announcement made by Mayor Rahm
Emanuel in a press conference Thursday at William R. Harper High School
on Chicago's South Side.
"There are about 7,000 young men at risk
of committing crimes, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab,
and when the school bell goes off, it does not mean our commitment to
kids should end," said Emanuel.
The city currently serves 3,500
at-risk youth in programs such as Becoming A Man (B.A.M.). Run by Youth Guidance,
B.A.M. will see a funding increase from $1 million to $3
million from the city.
“With this significant
investment, Youth Guidance's B.A.M. program will help thousands of young
men find evidence of their worth, strengthen their connection to and
success in school and help build safer communities,” said Michelle
Morrison, director of Youth Guidance, to DNAinfo.