Jobs can help stop violence. And then a new kind of destiny is possible.
Too many neighborhoods in Chicago are broken by gun violence – 2016 was the deadliest year in nearly two decades, resulting in more than 760 murders and more than 4,300 shooting victims. And while Chicago’s overall population is evenly distributed between white, black, and Latino families, the victims and perpetrators of gun violence are predominantly African American men between the ages of 15-24.
Chicago CRED operates on a core belief that jobs can stop bullets. When young men have a chance in the real economy and are encouraged to follow their drive, they'll flourish. They'll turn street skills into career credentials.
To help encourage these transformations, CRED taps into a set of resources to address systemic barriers to opportunity. This includes partnerships with community-based organizations, investing in entrepreneurs who can bring a new era of innovation and job growth to neglected neighborhoods, and collaborating with local leadership to scale the best solutions that will directly benefit inner-city Chicago youth and families.
Learn more about Chicago CRED, an independent affiliate of Emerson Collective.