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Scores of young people lined the halls of Evanston Township High School even before the doors opened for the annual youth job fair for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.
More than 30 private employers and about as many City divisions and departments set up in the gym and interviewed the applicants and later notified the City of their selections.
The fair was open to youths from age 14 living in zip codes 60201 and 60202.
City officials had said they hoped to exceed last year’s record of securing jobs for 500 young people, and that may be possible. Kevin Brown, youth and young adult program manager for the City, said a total of 679 students attended the fair – about 50 more than last year.
Porschia Davis, assistant youth and young adult program coordinator for the City, said the City is still in the process of matching students with prospective employers, a process that takes about three weeks.
Although the final numbers will not be available until May, said Mr. Brown, “We expect to place more than 500 youth into jobs.”
The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program has expanded over the years through partnerships with the Youth Job Center and Evanston Township High School.
Jobs ranged from administrative personnel, child care assistants, camp counselors, park aides, library assistants, data entry clerks and legislative interns.