When They Lost State Funding, This Chicago-Based Youth Program Decided To Reach Even Higher

February 18, 2015 7:43 PM

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When They Lost State Funding, This Chicago-Based Youth Program Decided To Reach Even Higher

On a Tuesday late last month on Chicago’s South Side, the staff of Donda’s House, a unique artist development program for at-risk youth that was co-founded by Kanye West, gathered around a table to discuss an upcoming application period. They were ready to launch their young program’s fourth semester.

Two days later, they — along with administrators of about 30 other youth employment and development programs across the state of Illinois — received an email informing them that the grants they’d been awarded through the Illinois Department of Human Services under previous Gov. Pat Quinn (D) had bee...

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