Youth & Education

Mayor Lightfoot knows that Chicago’s future depends on our young people. That’s why her administration is committed to providing our city’s children with the resources and support they need to lead healthy, successful lives.

  • In 2020, Mayor Lightfoot announced that Chicago Public Schools reached a record high graduation rate and a record low dropout rate for high school students.
  • Mayor Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman created My Chi My Future, a youth-focused initiative, to connect Chicago’s young people to thousands of meaningful opportunities to set them up for future success.
  • Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Public Schools has distributed over 42 million meals to Chicago families in need.
  • The Mayor’s administration did not allow the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent Chicago’s youth from being able to pursue meaningful summer opportunities. In Summer 2020, One Summer Chicago was the largest summer youth employment initiative in the nation.
  • The city commitmented to 200 additional school social worker positions, 250 more nurses, and additional special education case managers in Chicago Public Schools as part of a new 5-year contract
  • As a result of Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago Connected program, over 63,000 Chicago students have received no-cost high-speed internet access.


A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois