Hearing on youth unemployment

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Jarrett Norwood, 18, is volunteering at Ashunti Community Resource Center since funding for his summer job dried up – and he’s afraid he won’t be able to pay the fees for community college this fall.  “I can’t really afford to work for free,” he said.

Norwood was among hundreds of West Side residents at a hearing on jobs held by State Representative LaShawn Ford, AustinTalks reports.

“We see that the system is failing,” said Ashunti CEO Regina Lewis. “A lot of our kids have given up. They don’t believe in the system, period.”  More here.

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