YOUTH-LED SOCIAL CHANGE
APNC is a co-convener of the LIFE Campaign (Leaders Investing for Equality) which is organizing for increased youth employment opportunities and teen programming opportunities at the city and state levels.
Organizing for Increased Youth Employment Opportunities
APNC youth leaders are also kicking off efforts to organize at the city level for increased investment in teen programs. Through the LIFE Campaign youth leaders recently released a report outlining the findings and recommendations developed from 6 months of youth-led research. This report was entitled “Our Lives on the Line: Youth-led Solutions to Violence in Chicago Neighborhoods." As a result of their findings, youth leaders from across the city developed five key recommendations for the City of Chicago, which they are taking action on through their current campaign:
- City efforts to increase police presence in communities with high crime rates must go along with equal efforts to increase after school programs in those communities
- Local police districts must establish clear expectations and guidelines for police-community relations with input from both youth and adult community members, and those guidelines must be publicly accessible in multiple languages to the community
- The City of Chicago should establish a taskforce composed of community organizations, representative of the city’s diversity, which will work with young people in creating annual recommendations to the Mayor on how to best provide and increase crucial services for young people ages 14-19
- Park Districts should eliminate or waive fees for low-income youth and improve the way community youth are informed about available programs through local schools and institutions
- Criteria for after school programs such as After School Matters and sports must be open to students of all academic standings and should specifically target at-risk youth
Please contact APNC to get involved in our organizing efforts!