Reversing Cycle of Teen Unemployment (Chicago)

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Special Correspondent: B. Flowers

A Chicago Public Schools Options School (not a charter), Ombudsman Chicago opened in August 2013 and offers teens a second chance at achieving academic success while preparing them for continuing education and a career. The Ombudsman Chicago youth employment initiative was created through a partnership with community activist and entrepreneur, Harold Davis.

Dr. Chaun Johnson, principal, Ombudsman Chicago, “From what we are seeing, students who are involved in the youth employment initiative show an increase in confidence levels as they develop a greater sense of responsibility and begin to envision a positive future for themselves.” Ombudsman’s alternative education and dropout recovery programs help communities combat the staggering social and economic costs of high dropout rates. Since 1975, Ombudsman Educational Serviceshas educated more than 155,000 at-risk students.

“Students can immediately see the value of working at a job due to the monetary rewards; whereas the success that can be achieved by coming to school and committing to getting an education,” said Harold Davis. For more information. or call 312.806.9022 or Brinton W. Flowers, Flowers Communications Group at 312.228.8821 or

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