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One in ten young adults experience #homelessness during one year, Chapin Hall finds

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A groundbreaking study released Nov. 15 by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago reveals one in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, and at least one in 30 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17, experience some form of homelessness over the course of a year.

This study captures youth homelessness broadly, including situations such as sleeping on the streets, in shelters, running away and couch surfing. “Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America” demonstrates the diverse circumstances of young people who experience homelessness, identifies who is most at risk and illuminates a nationwide problem cutting across rural and urban areas alike.

“We have a collective obligation to ensure all young people have a chance to succeed, starting from a young age,” said Bryan Samuels, executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. “Intervening and building stability during adolescence and young adulthood for those at highest risk will have lifelong effects. As a country, we can look for the missed opportunities in schools, communities and public services to prevent youth homelessness.”

Chapin Hall’s national survey of 26,161 people offers new insight into the scope and urgency of youth homelessness in America, providing data to inform policy. The study found that that certain populations—specifically, African-American and Hispanic youths; young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender; young parents; and those who have not completed high school—are statistically more likely to experience homelessness than their peers. The study also shows that young people living in rural and urban communities experience homelessness at similar rates.

Theo #Epsteingrant expands #Roxbury youth-mentoring nonprofit to #Chicago (Video)

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The BASE, an urban youth mentoring nonprofit based in Roxbury, will expand to Chicago with the help of a $150,000 grant from Foundation To Be Named Later co-founders Paul and Theo Epstein.

The BASE Chicago will adopt about 400 kids from the Garfield Park league, according to the Chicago Tribune, as Lewis and his staff work to raise about $3 million from donors to fund the BASE for three years.

The Boston nonprofit works to empower urban youth through academics, mentoring and baseball. A ceremony was held yesterday at Wrigley Field. In addition to the $150,000 grant from the Foundation To Be Named Later, Good Sports announced a $50,000 equipment donation to The BASE Chicago after officials were able to determine immediate equipment needs for 2018. 

“The BASE aims to shift the national mindset about what it takes for urban youth to succeed and to build a movement of citizens who are committed to their success,” said The BASE Founder and President Robert Lewis Jr. “We operate a premier national urban youth training academy with a methodology that cultivates excellence, belief and love.”

More ‘inclusive and inspiring’ #publicart expected with city’s plan in #Chicago

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For Kamelia Hristeva, founder and CEO of Green Star Movement, art is about more than paint on walls or the tedium that can come from piecing a mosaic together.

“It creates a sense of place making, a place that’s inclusive and inspiring,” said Hristeva, whose non-profit, art-focused group is responsible for murals, sculptures and mosaics on elementary schools and underpasses throughout the city

“When you beautify a place people care more, it connects to people and helps them connect to different communities and learn about them.”

Through the city’s 50×50 neighborhood art project, Green Star Movement has been involved in creating murals at 65th and 67th Streets and at Belmont and Kenmore Avenues as well as other artworks.

And now more artists will get the opportunity to showcase their art in the city through Chicago’s first public art plan, which aims to showcase and generate more artwork in public spaces.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced the plan  – a collaboration between the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Department of Transportation, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Libraries and the Chicago Transit Authority among others.

“It’s the 50 year anniversary of the Wall of Respect and the Picasso sculpture. Those are reflection points for us in charting the history of Chicago and writing a new history,” the mayor said.

“We want to bring the city’s artists together to re-envision our spaces because they are places where we can bring people of different backgrounds together and create a common foundation.”

Chicago moves closer to citywide #youthmentoring

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New donations and more funding for Chicago’s youth services will help brighten the city’s future, according to local youth mentoring experts, and the money is slowly flowing in and expanding youth programs. 

Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man program has expanded to 16 more Chicago Public Schools on the Southwest Side with the help of donations from Exelon, a Fortune-100 energy company; Get In Chicago, a community advocacy group against violence; Peoples Gas, a utility company; and ride-share service Uber, according to a Sept. 22 press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The city is making strides toward reaching its universal mentoring goal by 2018. These donations will help the city reach an additional 2,000 youths by this fall, the press release adds.

So far, the city has helped 90 percent of its goal of mentoring 7,200 at-risk youth by next year—half of whom will be reached through Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Mentoring Initiative, which was announced in his 2016 Public Safety Address, as reported Sept. 26, 2016, by The Chronicle. 

However, greater resources are needed, said Jaleel Abdul-Adil, co-director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center, adding, “The city is under siege. Clearly the resources we have are insufficient, or they could be used in a more impactful way.”