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Groups seek U.S. funding for youths

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Some education advocates and elected officials are calling on Congress to beef up funding for youth employment and to help high-school dropouts re-enroll.

With the coming of a new administration, groups such as the Chicago Urban League are pushing for an increase in youth services support.

Retired Illinois State Senator Arthur Berman says now is the time to deliver a message to federal and state legislators.

BERMAN: We have an opportunity as Chicagoans, as Illinoisans, to see programs passed that have been shrugged off.

Youth joblessness is at its highest in nearly a decade.

That’s according to a report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Boston’s Northeastern University.

Midwest teens have it particularly hard: Only 38 percent could find work in the first 9 months of 2008.

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