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EXCLUSIVE: `Get in Chicago` raises money for after school programs for at-risk kids

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

What is needed to stop gang violence?

Summer jobs or more after school programs?

That was the goal when Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked area business leaders to raise $50 million to save "at-risk" kids.

The city's reputation for gun violence had Chicago at its tipping point, and now community leaders are trying to create other headlines.

The city's program is called "Get in Chicago," and the businesses took on the challenge to raise millions.

"Mentoring programs, we've seen a lot of success with really supporting the young people and jobs and you know I'm passionate about jobs for youth and our young people need to have work. They want to work," Andrea Zopp of the Chicago Urban League said.

Rev. Walter Johnson of the Greater Institutional A.M.E. Church said, "So many of our younger people are out there doing some positive constructive things in the community but they're not being represented.

Most of the violent crimes in Chicago involve school-age children. About 7,500 of them are considered high-risk.

"Get in Chicago" is on track to help tens of thousands of young people who might be drawn to gang violence.

Forty-million dollars will be used for grants to help fund existing programs.

The remaining $10 million will be used as seed money and to help parents build foundations in their community.

Monday is the first day the website, "Get in Chicago" is open and accepting ideas and bids.

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