Some 245 youth and community members from the Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) sending and welcoming schools have been hired as summer employees
to assist with transition work, CPS announced in a statement Monday. The effort is in partnership with the
Chicago Department of Family Support Services.
Last month, 48 neighborhood schools closed for good in order to tackle CPS' reported underutilization crisis and budget deficit.
The individuals who will help with the school transition work were selected through the One Summer Chicago initiative,
which assists in providing employment
opportunities for Chicago residents ages 16 to 24.
200 new hires will work at sending and welcoming schools to pack up
learning tools and move furniture and other materials. The other 45 hires were brought on earlier this month in order to disable, transport and install technology equipment at the sending and welcoming schools.
summer employees will make $8.25 per hour. They will also be provided lunch along with a $50 Chicago Transit Authority stipend. The summer
employees will hold their positions until August 24.
youth and community members as our partners in this work is part of our
shared mission of providing children with a safe and seamless transition
to welcoming schools in the fall,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in
a statement. “We want to take every opportunity to work side by side
with our communities in this effort as we work towards putting all of
our Chicago’s children on a path to success.”
An additional 600
community members will serve in the district’s $7.7 million expanded
Safe Passage program, approved by the Chicago Board of Education last
week, to provide safe routes for students to and from school every day
starting this fall. Read more about the Safe Passage expansion here and here.