City opens website for youth summer jobs

1-City-USE__Youth_Summer_jobs_announcment.jpgPictured, Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses the media at a restaurant in the Brigeport neighborhood shortly after being elected in 2011. Monday, April 8, 2013 the Mayor’s Office announced that the city would begin taking applications for summer youth employment online. Defender/Taerynn Owens

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Monday, April 8, 2013 that more than 18,000 Chicago young adults ages 16 to 24 will gain job training and work experience this summer as part of 2013’s One Summer Chicago program.

 Additionally, over 190,000 opportunities to participate in educational and recreational opportunities will be made available for young Chicagoans, ages 6 to 24.  This represents an increase in the number of jobs and opportunities available to Chicago youth from 2012.

 “We want children and young adults to be safe and engaged this summer by taking full advantage of all of the excellent work, educational and recreational opportunities that we have assembled,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Young students working on building their careers or seeking higher education will have unprecedented opportunities to learn from the best local businesses, corporations and organizations and to develop the type of knowledge and skills that will allow them a brighter future.”

 “One Summer Chicago is a joint effort between the City and County to provide Chicago’s youth with summer job opportunities and activities designed to enhance personal development and learning in a safe environment,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. “Mayor Emanuel and I recognize the importance of offering young people productive alternatives to help them succeed.” 

To help parents and children find and take advantage of these opportunities in the third year of this program, the city of Chicago website is available for youth to apply for jobs through a common application and provides information to parents on how to connect with more than 190,000 other recreational activities.  The site has details on jobs and internships for youth.

Online registration and application for summer employment is available now through May 31, 2013. The site also helps direct families to summer camps, organized sports programs, summer field trips to cultural institutions and other noteworthy locations across the city.

For more information concerning programs related to One Summer Chicago and all affiliated summer programs click here.


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