Youth Job Center has been providing job-readiness training and support to youth for 35 years. 

Today, YJC serves over 2,200 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 overcome barriers to employment when the playing field is leveled through skill-building, education, partnership, and increased opportunity
  • Work has the power to shape futures and change lives