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)
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)
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)
Jobs for unemployed
16-24 year olds
Our cafe provides 30 paid positions to high school students each year.
skill development programming
All students receive 3 hours of paid development time weekly.
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.