Five hundred youth and community supporters are expected at a rally against budget cuts Tuesday, September 1, at 10 a.m. at the Thompson Center. It’s called by community organizations across the city which are launching a new citywide youth-led campaign, called Leaders Investing For Equality (LIFE), to fight for increased resources for youth programs.
According to LIFE, students across Chicago have researched and mapped resource gaps in their neighborhoods documenting a persistent shortage of jobs, education funding, and extracurricular and park programming for teens — and now the state’s fiscal year 2010 budget is cutting mentoring and afterschool programs and student assistance by roughly half, along with significant cuts to teen parent services, homeless youth services, and delinquency intervention.
Females United For Action  points out that sumer youth jobs for Chicago teens have been severely cut over the past couple decades, and Illinois ranks 49 among states in school funding. “With slashes to counseling, foster care, assault support, intimate partner violence services, jobs, education, and scholarships, we can predict long-term damage if we don’t come together and do something,” says FUFA.