Kanye West and Common Join Forces to Create 20,000 Jobs For Chicago Youth, Announce Fund-Raising Festival

With a recent study by the Chicago Urban League reporting that over 90% of Chicago’s black male teens are unemployed, two Chi-town natives are teaming up to try and help the youth.

Kanye West’s company Donda’s  House Inc. and Common’s Common Ground Foundation have partnered with the Chicago Urban League to provide not just summer jobs, but year-round job opportunities. This initiative will be partly funded by an annual music festival, the AAHH! Fest, which will be held September 20-21 in Hyde Park, Chicago.

At the press conference yesterday announcing the initiative, Common had the following to say:

Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this?’ And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.