3,180 MILES WALKED OF 3,180 MILE GOAL

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CERTIFIED JOB TRAINING & APPRENTICESHIP PLACEMENT FOR AT-RISK CHILDREN

$21,880 RAISED

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The Story

My name is Frank Chiarelli

I'm a Chicagoan, a writer and competitive eater with success in teaching my father how to use the internet.

One day I just got tired of reading about our growing homicide totals, and the many issues plaguing our cities across the country.

So I decided to do what I could to help.

I cashed out my 401K, sold all my furniture, and began walking across the country from Delaware to California meeting with educators, public officials, and regular citizens in effort to bring attention to our nation's instability, and maybe influence greater community activism as well.

After overcoming a dangerous childhood myself, I decided to put any monetary contributions toward children living in our most at-risk neighborhoods, who everyday are threatened with becoming another statistic of our notorious criminal epidemic. 

Follow along via Facebook or Instagram or donate below. I could use your support. 

 

Where is the money going?

A 501(c)3 Non-Profit career training and apprenticeship program for at-risk children ages 15-24.

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 Why we should ALL care

1. Persistent high unemployment among young people adds up to $25 billion a year in uncollected taxes. (Young Invincible's

2. If youth unemployment were reduced to its pre-recession rate, the federal government would recoup $7.8 billion, or $53 per taxpayer, and state and local governments would recoup $1.1 billion. (Young Invincible's)

3. Chicago was the only major city in the country to lose population last year. According to the U.S. Census, 8,638 Chicagoan's left — nearly twice as many as the year before. (Chicago Tribune)

4. “The High Costs for Out of School and Jobless Youth in Chicago and Cook County,” concludes that unemployment and violence are directly related. (Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago)

5. In a time when our country and its cities are clouded by negativity, 7 Million Strides attempts to evoke change in the way our early generations think about their roles in society and their potential for betterment.

6. You come from a troubled household. You've lost a parent, turned to crime, lived in poverty, or have the slightest taste of existing without structure, friends, faith or a sense of self.