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Initiative pledges to get 10,000 Chicago youths back to work or school in 3 years

Initiative pledges to get 10,000 Chicago youths back to work or school in 3 years

A new citywide initiative to slash the stubbornly high number of youths who are neither working nor in school will start by connecting the dozens of organizations that already serve them.

Thrive Chicago, a nonprofit founded two years ago to align the efforts of youth service providers, on Tuesday plans to announce the 10,000 Reconnected campaign, which pledges to get 10,000 "opportunity youths" ages 16 to 24 back to work or school by 2020.

Chicago has about 60,000 young people in the opportunity youth category — those who are not working and not in school, a perilous situation believed to increase their risk for poverty, long-term unemployment, substance abuse and...

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