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In addition to providing personalized career advising, skills training, job placement, and retention support, Youth Job Center also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, bringing together thought leaders in the fields of youth development and workforce development, building community among our partners and staff, or simply bringing people together to celebrate the work of our clients.

Youth Job Center hosts three annual events: The Backlot BBQ, a fun and free community event held in YJC’s backlot on the Thursday after Labor day; the Multiple Choice Lecture Series, which rotates between Chicago and Evanston and brings together thought leaders from throughout Chicagoland to discuss how we can better serve youth; and YJC’s Annual Spring Benefit, which celebrates the accomplishments of YJC clients and staff, and raises funds to support YJC programs.

In addition to these flagship events YJC also hosts a number of job fairs and smaller one-off events.


Backlot BBQ

Multiple Choice


Opportunity Knocks



Annual Meeting of the Board

Giving Tuesday


Table 23 Event


SWOP Job Fair

Multiple Choice - November 14, 2019