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Kanye West & Common To Create 20,000 Jobs For Chicago Youth
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.19.2014

Poppin' Lines reports that common has announced that his Common Ground Foundation has teamed up with Kanye West's Donda's House and the Chicago Urban League to create over 20,000 jobs for Chicago youth. A study by the CUL revealed that 92% of all black male teens are unemploye. Common hopes that the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative will help black youth avoid a life of crime.

He said: "Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they're going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y'all really need? What's gonna stop this?' And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.' They want a chance."

Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp added: "It's one thing to provide summer jobs for these kids, but we're trying to provide year-round jobs. We've had hearings and the kids have told us that they need jobs year-round."

The campaign will also start a music festival called the "AAHH! Fest", which will be an annual fundraiser for the jobs and other programs. It will be held on September 20-21 at 6300 S. Hayes Drive behind the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park. There's no word on who will perform yet, but the organizers are hoping to get several big Chicago names.


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