Keeping Communities Healthy

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Harmony Health Plan, Inc. is joining Greater Works Foundation and others for the first Community Festival, an all-day event featuring community resources for youth jobs, health screenings, and celebrity and youth basketball tournaments. The festival will take place on Saturday, June 25th at 9a.m., at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Gymnasium, 3040 S. Wabash Ave. Among 20 to 24 year olds, nearly 60 percent of African Americans, 37 percent of Hispanic or Latinos and 26 percent of Caucasians were out of work in Chicago in 2014, according to a University of Illinois at Chicago study. The numbers were even higher for 16 to 19 year olds. The jobless rate for African-American 16 to 19 year olds was 88 percent and 85 percent, respectively, for Hispanic or Latino youth. To help address this, the Community Festival will provide several opportunities for youth to interview for employment, sign up for job training and learn about other career resources. Great Works Foundation’s and Wades World Foundation’s “Live to Dream” program, which partners with employers, trade schools and unions to provide opportunities for Chicago youth to gain skills and life-long careers, will be participating.

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