Senior Amber Velasquez represented Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School at the Alternative Schools Network and the Chicago Urban League press conference on Monday, Jan. 25 to present the findings from the UIC Great Cities Institute that 85% and 88% rates of underemployment for Latin@ and Black youth in Chicago, respectively.
Because of this important issue, Ms. Velasquez, along with 3 other youth Alternative Schools Network, were featured on the WLS-TV local morning program, Windy City LIVE, on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Host Val Warner engaged the youth on the importance of access to jobs for young people to build their abilities for career development.
With the excitement and response for newspapers, The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, including Editorial Page Editor, R. Bruce Dold and Report Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, invited the students to the Tribune Tower to discuss the issue further. This closed meeting with leadership from ASN, Chicago Urban League, UIC Great Cities Institute, and The Chicago Tribune, engaged the parties present to discuss policies and create solutions to build the capacity for youth career readiness in Chicago.