Programs aimed at taking kids off the streets and putting them to work are expanding outside Chicago city limits. A state grant has helped employ close to 200 south suburban teens this summer.
The teens help keep Cook County forest preserves clean while earning a pay check.
They also get a lesson in what makes up Illinois ecosystems on land and in the water. And pick up like skills along the way.
The United Way and the forest preserve were involved the $550,000 dollar state grant.