Youth Job Center has been providing job-readiness training and support to youth for more than 33 years. 

Today, YJC serves over 1700 youth per year across Evanston, Chicago, and Cook County through its job preparation and placement programs. 

YJC's support is not just about job placement and a paycheck. For many, YJC's support leads to an increased sense of self-worth, a way to contribute to the community and economy, and the ability to take on challenges that result in continued learning and personal growth.


Our Mission

Success for young people in the workplace and in life.


Core Values

We believe:

  • Youth can be responsible, contributing members of their community
  • Youth gain valuable experience and knowledge in the employment process

  • Youth overcome barriers to employment when the playing field is leveled through skill-building, education, partnership, and increased opportunity

  • Employers need a trusted source of job-ready workers
  • Youth need help in finding jobs and starting careers

  • Work has the power to shape futures and change lives