April 19, 2014


Kanye West & Common to Create Jobs for Chicago Youth

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Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Kanye West and Common are reportedly seeking to lend a hand to their hometown community of Chicago by creating new jobs for the inner-city youth. 

Fact Magazine reports that the two rappers are using their foundations, Donda’s House and Common Ground Foundation, respectively, and teaming up with Chicago Urban League to build year-round job opportunities with the launch of AAHH! FEST, a music festival that will also act as an annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the showcase will support their foundations along with the Arts Education in Chicago Public Schools and Year-Round Youth Jobs initiatives.

“Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty,” Common said at a press conference last week. “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.”

Revolt reports that the new project titled Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative will help to secure year round jobs for those ages 16 to 24, and will begin initiating this process this fall. 

The AAHH! FEST will take place on September 20-21 in Hyde Park and will help raise money for the jobs and other programs. Details on the shows lineup should be announced shortly.