THE PROBLEM

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Chicago Students Need Employment & Job Skills

  • 21,518 Cook County Students (16-24) are unemployed, out of school, and lack a HS Diploma (UIC, 2017)

  • Illinois has a 70% Youth Joblessness Rate (UIC, 2017)

  • 31% of IL High School Students are college and career ready (Advance Illinois, 2018)

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A Lack of Youth Jobs Leads to Long-Term Social and Economic Distress

  • 15-24 year olds accounted for 59% of Chicago shooting-related arrests and 55% of shooting victims in 2016 (Chicago Tribune, 2016)

  • $9.5 Billion in Illinois tax dollars are lost by youth unemployment (Great Cities Institute, 2017)

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Employers crave
high-quality candidates

  • 86% of US employers would pay more for employees with the right skills (McKinsey, 2011)

  • 49% of US employers felt graduates were adequately prepared for their roles (McKinsey, 2011)

THE SOLUTION

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Jobs for unemployed
16-24 year olds

  • Our cafe provides 30 paid positions to high school students each year.

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Revenue supported
skill development programming

  • All students receive 3 hours of paid development time weekly.

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Community stabilization through economic opportunity

  • Helix helps students find a supportive community, build a foundation for their lives, and prepares them to maintain employment and advance in their career path.


 

HELIX CAFE