Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative
The Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative, presented by the Chicago Urban League and the Common Ground Foundation, is a movement to organize public, private and nonprofit stakeholders collectively to advocate for resources and support services to address youth employment needs. This collaborative is a strong, youth-centered effort focused on securing year round jobs for young people ages 16 to 24.
Community partners include: Alternative Schools Network (ASN), Austin Peoples Action Center (APAC), Centers for New Horizons, Chicago Jobs Council and UCAN. In addition to inaugural partners, the collaborative looks to secure partners in the private and public sectors. Launching in the fall of 2014, in the first year, The Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative seeks to provide year round jobs to a minimum of 1,000 youth with the intent to increase this number by one thousand per year over the next four years, for a target of 15,000 youth impacted over the next five years.
CALL TO ACTION: YEAR ROUND JOBS FOR YOUTH!
GOAL: Place youth in jobs with public and private firms in regional high-growth industries.
Year 1: 1,000 youth served at 5 community organizations
2) Who are the conveners of the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative?
The Chicago YJC is being led by the Chicago Urban League and the Common Ground Foundation. Currently, our collaborative partners include the following community organizations: Alternative Schools Network (ASN), Austin Peoples Action Center (APAC), Centers for New Horizons, Chicago Jobs Council and UCAN. In addition to our inaugural partners, we will also work with the private and public sectors to secure year round youth employment opportunities.
3) Why is this initiative being launched?
Academic achievement and civic engagement go up and violence goes down when we give young people jobs that are connected to mentoring and support services. Each year the Chicago Urban League hosts a youth jobs hearing in partnership with the Alternative Schools Network. At this event, young people who have benefitted from summer jobs give powerful testimony about the valuable skills and mentoring they received and how they are excited to continue working. They also share how, because of their summer job, they were kept out of harm’s way. This initiative seeks to extend youth job opportunities beyond the summer. We recognize that year round job opportunities will significantly improve the well-being of our youth and strengthen our city.
4) What types of job opportunities will be sought out for youth?
Recognizing that many of our youth have challenges to overcome, we will, in collaboration with our community partners, work to identify year round jobs and we will provide mentoring and support services. We will reach out to employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and advocate for job opportunities that include academic supports, employability skills, and career exploration. In addition, we will seek out job opportunities in high growth sectors (e.g. business and financial services, manufacturing, health, transportation, etc.) that will lead to careers and that provide our young people with the skills and motivation they need to become thriving members of the workforce and, if they choose, entrepreneurs.
5) Who are the additional collaborators in this initiative?
The founding community collaborators are listed above. However, this initiative is designed to grow over time. Each of the founding collaborators will recruit additional partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. We will work as a unified group of advocates committed to organizing stakeholders, pushing for funding and resources. This will be a unified movement that will galvanize support for this year round youth jobs initiative.
Examples of collaboration partners include: public and private funding partners; city, municipal and county and state agencies; local jobs councils; private industry; secondary schools; colleges and universities; and community based career centers. Everyone has a role to play in this collaborative.
6) When will the year round jobs start?
The first year of job implementation for Chicago’s youth will begin in the fall of 2014.
7) How many youth will be served by this initiative?
In the first year seek to provide year round jobs to a minimum of 1,000 youth. It is our intent to increase this number by one thousand per year over the next four years, for a grand total of 15,000 youth impacted over the next five years.
8) How will this program and the jobs be funded?
In collaboration with our community partners we will connect with funding partners across all sectors to support subsidized and unsubsidized year round job opportunities for youth.
9) What will be the impact of this collaborative?
The YJC recognizes that investing in year-round job opportunities in high growth industries and support services for young people can lead to more economically secure youth who are engaged in productive activities that will not only empower their lives and the lives of their families, but will strengthen the workforce of the future as well as the local economy for the next generation. A year round investment in youth employment will contribute to empowered individuals, stronger families, a reduction in violence, stabilized communities and a better Chicago.
For more information about the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative, please contact Clayton, Director of Workforce Development, at 773-624-8827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.