In 2015, the U.S. reached an historic 81% high school attainment rate. While other states are preparing emerging leaders for postsecondary education, Chicago’s youth living in underserved communities are dropping out of high school at an alarming rate. According to a study conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts, students who have access to quality art programming are five times more likely to complete high school and are three times more likely to graduate college and earn a Bachelors degree.
In our city, the arts and quality programming is almost excluded in many impoverished neighborhoods. This means, many children and teens have limited access to quality programming, creativity, community support and safe havens. In Chicago, after school and summer program funding is scarce, and foundational support is also limited. This means that children and teens living in the most underserved neighborhoods are most vulnerable of not having access to safety, programming and an exit out of poverty.
This is why we have turned to community. We believe that most Chicago citizens, businesses and organizations desire to create a pathway for success for all children and teens no matter what zip code they reside in. A part of the I Am We mission is to create meaningful intergenerational and multicultural relationships between youth and community. Therefore, we are dedicated to building community and empowering every day citizens to learn of the barriers in underserved communities, and respond. This response can include:
- Being Engaged
- Sharing A Space
To get involved, contact us today.