Community Youth Jobs 
The Illinos Community Youth Summer Jobs Program (July 16 - August 24, 2012)

The Community Youth Jobs Program targets Chicagoland communities that have been the hardest-hit by violence. Youth between the ages of 14-19 will be provided with temporary, full-time employment
. Youth will be paid the federal minimum wage of $8.25/hour for a 30 hour work week. CHSi will  provide an orientation that includes showing youth how to open a checking or savings account and encouraging them to do so. The Community Youth Jobs Program aims to achieve documented outcomes: violence prevention, a reduction in risky behavior, and increase in educational achievement. We will  engage youth and offer them opportunities to learn hard and soft job skills including:
  • Career exploration and social growth
  • Financial literacy/personal banking
  • Professional behavior and communication
  • Real-world labor expectations
  • Increased awareness of services offered by local community-based organizations
  • Appropriate dress and demeanor

Youth At Risk/Reaching for Adulthood Program (June 18 - July 27, 2012)

CHSi is partnering with Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago's Youth at Risk-Reaching for Adulthood Program (RAP) which is funded by the Workforce Investment Act and the City of Chicago Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, and serves adolescents and young adults in the Albany Park community. The program is helping youth achieve self-sufficiency and independence through education, training and employment. The program is structured to offer individualized attention through case management services, adult mentoring, tutoring, vocational assessment, counseling, educational services, job readiness training and employment services.

Youth at Risk-Reaching for Adulthood Program targets low-income youth 16 to 21 years of age who face multiple barriers to employment. Specifically, youth who have dropped out of high school or who have received their high school diploma or a GED but are unemployed due to deficiencies in basic skills. Participants in the program may include pregnancy/parenting teens, out-of-school youth living in TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), youth in foster care, youth with disabilities and youth involved with the criminal justice system.
Youth are paid two stipends throughout the 6 week period.  During that time youth participate in our Job Readiness Training that focus on work habits and behaviors, targeting employment opportunities, writing cover letters, resume development, timeliness and punctuality, dealing with difficult co-workers and supervisors, interviewing and dressing for the job.