Morning Spin: Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks to expand youth mentoring

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In full legacy mode now that he isn’t seeking re-election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he’s expanding a mentoring program to cover all seventh-grade boys and ask the private sector to fund universal mentorship for 11th-graders.

Emanuel has touted the Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative program in recent months as an effective anti-violence program. In August, the mayor’s administration reached a $10.4 million settlement agreement with ride-share companies that didn’t perform background checks up to Chicago code and said they would spend the windfall on the youth mentoring program.

Emanuel launched a program in fall 2016 aimed at providing universal mentoring to all in the eighth, ninth and 10th grades. In March, the city opened the program to seventh-grade students, with the idea being that mentoring boosts graduation rates and reduces crime.

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October 2, 2018 at 05:57AM

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