A busy summer for YJC. Time to get back to school!

Gap This Way Ahead participants at the This Way Ahead Kickoff Event

Gap This Way Ahead participants at the This Way Ahead Kickoff Event

Dear friends, partners, and supporters of YJC,

As always summer is a busy time for YJC, and this summer was no exception. Youth Job Center and Gap Inc. partnered for the fifth year in a row to provide the Gap Inc. This Way Ahead Program. The scope of this program has grown every year and this year Youth Job Center trained over 300 young people as part of the program, placing 172 youth in 10-week paid internships at Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic stores.

Youth Job Center also continued its partnerships with the Evanston Public Library and Evanston / Skokie School District 65 to provide the ABC Boosters and Summer Tutors programs, providing employment opportunities for 14-15 year olds, a population for which there are limited employment opportunities available. ABC Boosters provided employment for 27 youth, who worked with teachers to help over 100 rising kindergartners improve number and letter recognition, helping them close the skills gap with their peers. Summer Tutors placed 24 youth into teacher assistant positions, providing support to teachers in the classroom by working with elementary and middle school students on personalized learning.

Youth Job Center also used the summer to build meaningful partnerships with organizations throughout Chicago. Starting in the Summer, YJC began to offer Work-Readiness Training at one of our partner sites, Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), which is located at 2558 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629. SWOP is a broad based organization of 44 member institutions, including faith based institutions, schools, and other nonprofits, dedicated to collective action for the good of communities on Chicago's Southwest Side. This partnership improves YJC's ability to serve youth on Chicago's Southwest and South sides, which are areas that have been historically under-served, and allows YJC to meet clients where they are at, both figuratively and physically. The partnership continues to grow and Youth Job Center looks forward to seeing what we can accomplish, together. Youth Job Center also continued to build out it’s partnerships in Evanston. Throughout the summer, Youth Job Center worked with National Able Network, Evanston Cradle 2 Career, the City of Evanston Government, Evanston’s Parks and Recreation department, and Mayor Steve Hagerty’s Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council (MEAC) to understand how we can better connect Evanston youth with local employment opportunities. This work will help create a stronger economy in Evanston and provide Evanston residents with connections to meaningful employment so they have the resources to live and thrive in their community.

However, the work of YJC continues and now that Summer 2019 is in the books we look ahead to Fall 2019!

Sincerely,

The YJC Staff