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Young People Speak Out

A coalition of youth-led organizations from across the city has invited elected officials and community leaders to a town hall meeting on increasing investment in young people this Sunday, November 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st.

This summer young people surveyed their communities and mapped out youth resources, finding that “in many neighborhoods there is nothing positive to speak of,” said Manju Rajendran of Females United For Action.

In face of state budget cuts, young people from a number of organizations formed the Leaders Investing For Equality campaign. Participants include youth organizing projects in Albany Park, Brighton Park, Little Village, Logan Square, Woodlawn, Uptown and Chicago Lawn.

Sunday’s gathering will continue the coalition’s effort to give young people a voice and to win increased opportunities in employment, education, and recreation.

“It’s really important we take these kind of preventive steps, because too often where we see an escalation of violence against youth or between youth, we see an escalation of incarceration, and incarceration isn’t going to solve our problems,” Rajendran said.

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