Registration Open for Mayor’s Youth Summer Jobs Program

Daily file photo by Evan Robinson-Johnson.

Downtown Evanston. Audrey Thompson, the town’s community services manager, said the job fair will feature jobs from the town of Evanston and posted by local businesses, recreation centers and retirement homes.

Evanston has just opened enrollment for the Mayor’s Youth Summer Jobs Program, which connects local teens with workforce opportunities to help them explore career fields and learn about responsibilities. professionals.

The job fair will take place on Saturday. March 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School. Audrey Thompson, the town’s community services manager, said attendees can meet employees at the job fair, sit down and interview for positions.

The 30-year-old program aims to provide skills and workforce opportunities to at-risk Evanston youth between the ages of 14 and 18, according to the Youth and Young Adults Division website. from the city. More than 800 people participate each year, Thompson said. She recommends registering in advance on the website.

Participants can choose from a wide range of city-hosted jobs at recreation centers, local restaurants, small businesses and retirement homes. Thompson said wages can range from $10 to about $15 an hour, and participants are hired for nine weeks.

The city is offering job readiness workshops in February and March for young people applying for their first job and wanting additional support and guidance ahead of the job fair, Thompson said. She added that any youth in need of clothing can email the city’s youth division at [email protected] to receive help.

The workshops will be offered virtually on these dates:

— Tue. February 22, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

— Thursday, February 24, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

— Mon., March 7, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

— Wed. March 9, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This year, Thompson said the Youth and Young Adults Division will host human resources sessions to train young people to notice and respond to sexual harassment and grooming in the workplace, as well as other policies. and procedures in the workplace. They will start investing in “career tracks”, she said, which will allow young people to continue to seek future jobs in the same field by fully funding work certifications.

“Even when they leave their jobs for the summer, they’re able to say, ‘you know what, not only did I get a job, I got a certification,'” Thompson said. “‘So if I want to continue working in a restaurant, they’re going to hire me first because I already have the certification that sometimes others might not have.'”

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