Low participation in Chicago’s property tax rebate program has resulted in a surplus of $14 million for the city. We propose that this money be spent on a comprehensive violence prevention and youth development strategy to relieve the crisis of violence in our communities. Our three-pronged proposal uses funds to:
- provide vulnerable youths with trauma-informed case management and counseling programs for at-risk youths.
- Extend One Summer Chicago Summer Youth Employment Program to fund year-round jobs.
- Expand Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative to provide positive social support to at-risk youths.
Who: The Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Community Renewal Society, Garfield Park Community Council, One Northside, Action Now, and Hermosa Neighborhood Association, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, ONE Northside, and Innercity Muslim Action Network.
When: Thursday, February 16th at 10:30am
Where: City Hall - 2nd Floor
What: Apress conference and speak out on the impact of rising violence in our communities. Parents, community members and youth will be joined by aldermen to call for passage of the ordinance as an important first step in addressing the crisis. The organizations will also visit the Mayor and Aldermen’s offices to drop off letters and drawings from students in impacted communities.