Wednesday, February 15, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club will host Chicago Urban League President/CEO Shari Runner at its next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16, 12 p.m., at Meal of the Day Cafe, 1701 S 1st Ave., in Maywood.
The talk is part of the Rotary’s weekly meeting, which is typically exclusive to members and invited guests, but the Village Free Press will be present to report on Runner’s address.
Runner’s appearance comes less than a month after the Urban League hosted a Youth Employment Hearing sponsored by Alternative Schools Network.
A supplemental report, entitled “Abandoned in their Neighborhoods: Youth Joblessness amidst the Flight of Industry and Opportunity,” was released in January. The report was created by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute.
Among its key findings:
[Y]outh joblessness continues to be disproportionately felt by young people of color, especially black males; that it is chronic and concentrated; that the recession made conditions worse and that for some, recovery is either slow or nonexistent; that it is tied to long term trends in the overall loss of manufacturing jobs; and most notably, that joblessness among young people is tied to the emptying out of jobs from neighborhoods, which is in contrast to jobs that are being centralized in Chicago’s downtown areas where whites are employed in professional level services.
Here are some sobering visuals from that report. The reality behind the data resonates in Maywood and other Proviso Township suburbs because they’re often the first locales to experience the fallout of Chicago’s systemic problems, including gun violence and chronic youth unemployment.