- Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:50 AM
SPRINGFIELD – A plan to provide funding for the Teen REACH program, which provides grants to support local communities’ after-school programs that serve at-risk youth, is expected to be considered today in the Illinois Senate.
“Study after study points to a direct correlation between investing in quality after-school programs and higher levels of student success and lower rates of crime,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Many communities across Illinois, from East St. Louis to Rockford to municipalities in the South Suburbs, are suffering from disinvestment and high rates of crime. The common denominator in all of these communities is that too many youth are not in school and are not working.”