Barack Obama’s Foundation Announces New Program for Chicago Students
The future for kids in on the South Side of Chicago just got a little brighter. Last week, former President Barack Obama’s foundation announced a new program to give high school students in the neighborhood internships and workforce training.
The program, called the Obama Youth Jobs Corps, is a joint venture with Urban Alliance, writes Catherine Gewertz in Education Week. It’s meant to boost educational training for a community that’s been traditionally underserved. The Corps will offer internships to high school seniors, while juniors and sophomores will be eligible for job training.
Three schools are included in the Corps’ pilot project, which began this spring, and it’s expected to roll out to more schools next year. For three hours a week, 11th graders will be trained in skills like time management, resume writing, and interviewing. Goal-planning is also a part of the program.
The CEO of the Obama Foundation, David Simas, says reducing barriers for underserved students is important for the entire city.
“Access to opportunities is the key to success for young people living on Chicago’s South Side,” he said in a statement. “… [t]he Obama Youth Jobs Corps is one initiative that will help reduce barriers and open up more opportunities for young people in Chicago, and we’re excited to get started.”