Updated: August 28, 2014
Published: April 30,2014
Just announced the first AAHH! Fest will be hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle September 21, 2014 in Union Park Chicago.
The star studded event organized by rapper Common also features musicians Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, MC Lyte, Jay Electronica, Lil Herb, and a special guest surprise.
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Rapper Common, and the Common Ground Foundation, Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, and Kanye West’s Donda’s House, Inc. Creative Director, Rhymefest announced on April 9 at a press conference that they will collaborate to present a Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative.
The Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative will advocate and organize resources in both private and public sectors to provide year round jobs for youth ages 16-24. Beginning Fall 2014, the collaborative aims to provide a minimum of 1,000 jobs for youths. Within four years the group aims to increase its numbers to 15,000 jobs for youths over the next 5 years.
Community partners in the Chicago Jobs Collaborative include: Alternative Schools Network (ASN), Austin Peoples Action Center (APAC), Centers for New Horizons, Chicago Jobs Council and UCAN. More community partners will be added.
According to a 2014 report prepared by Alternative Schools Network(ASN) Illinois leads as one of the top ten in the nation for teen unemployment. The report called “Trends in Teen Employment in Chicago, Illinois, and the United States”, documents the labor market problems of teens (ages 16-19) from 2006 to 2012.
Key findings in the report shows that 88% Of Illinois Black Male Teens Jobless In 2012
In addition, The Common Ground Foundation and Donda’s House, Inc. also announced the launch of an Annual Music Festival, The AAHH! FEST, with proceeds from the Festival supporting the Common Ground Foundation, Donda’s House, Inc., Arts Education in Chicago Public Schools, and Year-Round Youth Jobs initiatives. Specific event plans leading up to the festival can be found at www.dondashouseinc.org or www.thinkcommon.com.
“Today we issue a call to action to the public, private and non-profit sectors to join this effort to make year round investments in our youth. Summer jobs provide tremendous opportunities, but we often hear strong pleas from young people for year round jobs,” said Andrea L. Zopp, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League.
The AAHH! FEST, will be held September 20-21, 2014 at 6300 S. Hayes Drive. Day One will feature a diverse, all-star line-up of talent from across the country and Chicago. Day Two, will be curated by Kanye West’ foundation, Donda’s House, and showcase Chicago’s aspiring talent.
Tickets to AAHH! FEST available on May 1, 2014. Visit www.thinkcommon.com
For information about the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative, visit: www.TheChicagoUrbanLeague.org/jobs.