More than suicide or heart disease, HIV or unintentional injuries, homicide has claimed the lives of more young African-American males than anything else. In fact, it has outpaced the nine other leading causes of death combined, according to recent federal data. And Chicago has a higher percentage of young homicide victims than the national average.
In an effort to change that narrative, the University of Chicago Crime Lab has teamed up with the MacArthur Foundation and Get In Chicago to offer up to $1 million for the best idea or ideas to combat youth violence.
“This is not an intractable problem, but we have not made enough progress,” said Roseanna Ander, executive director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab.
Organizers of the design competition said they are looking for imaginative solutions to the complex issue. The goal is to improve life outcomes of the young people who walk the city’s streets, attend its schools and play in its parks.
The deadline to submit plans is fast approaching. All letters of interest have to be in by Monday, after which a limited number of applicants will be asked to file full proposals. The awards will be announced in late May.
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