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Michelle Obama Teams With Rahm Emanuel for Chicago 'Youth Empowerment'

2:31 PM, Jul 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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First Lady Michelle Obama and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel are teaming up to work on "youth empowerment," the White House announced today. They'll join together later this week in Chicago for an event on the issue.

"The First Lady, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule, will visit Urban Alliance Chicago, a year-long career education and employment program for underserved high school seniors which enriches students’ lives through paid internships, formal training, and mentoring. The visit is part of the First Lady’s focus on youth empowerment and providing more opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential," reads a White House press release.

Over the course of the year, Urban Alliance students participate in over 750 hours of work and professional development training. In its first year in Chicago, Urban Alliance served 71 students from six Chicago Public High Schools in south and southwest neighborhoods with a 100% high school graduation rate and over 95% of students college bound this fall.

Urban Alliance was founded in Washington DC in 1996 and over its 17-year history, it has worked with more than 15,000 low-income D.C., Chicago and Baltimore youth through a combination of paid internships and curriculum outreach and plans to expand to Northern Virginia this fall. In Chicago, Urban Alliance plans to double its reach and serve 150 students from 13 Chicago Public Schools this fall.  

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