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Evanston youth age 14 to 18 years are encouraged to find their perfect summer job at Mayor Tisdahl’s annual Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) Job Fair on Saturday, March 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Evanston Township High School (ETHS), 1600 Dodge Ave. Doors will close at 1:30 p.m.
More than 40 employers providing summer and year-round employment will be present, including Six Flags Great America (transportation options available), Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston, McGaw YMCA, Salvation Army-Evanston, YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, Office Depot, Northwestern University, the City of Evanston, and more.
Youth are highly encouraged to fill out a Summer Youth Employment Program application in advance, which will expedite the process at the job fair. Applications are available at cityofevanston.org/youthemployment, or youth may get assistance and ask questions from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at one of these outreach sessions:
• Chandler-Newberger Community Center, 1028 Central St. – Monday, February 22
• Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. – Tuesday, February 23
• Evanston Library Loft, 1703 Orrington Ave. – Wednesday, February 24
• Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. – Wednesday, February 24
• Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. – Thursday, February 25
• CAMS Branch Library, 900 Chicago Ave. – Friday, February 26
• All ETHS cafeterias – February 22-26, lunch periods 4-6
In order to be eligible to attend the job fair, youth must be enrolled in school; be at least 14 years of age when the program begins in June 2016; and live in ZIP codes 60201 or 60202. Youth age 17 and 18 years are especially encouraged to attend the job fair, as many opportunities exist for both summer and year-round employment.
Students are encouraged to increase their chances of being hired and get an opportunity to jump the line at the job fair by attending a Pre-Fair Resume & Interview Skills Workshop, sponsored by the Youth Job Center. Workshops will be held on Wednesdays, March 2 and 9, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at ETHS’s Boltwood (West) Cafeteria. Students are encouraged to register for a workshop at cityofevanston.org/workshop.
In 2015, with the help of community organizations and local businesses, as well as partnerships with ETHS and the Youth Job Center, the MSYEP held its largest job fair ever. More than 600 Evanston youth attended the event, with more than 550 securing summer or year-round employment.
Collaborations with individuals, companies, and organizations, such as Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Cinemark Theatres, Evanston Township High School, and Northwestern University, contributed greatly to the success of last year’s program. Businesses who are interested in supporting and/or attending this year’s job fair and program can contact Youth & Young Adult Assistant Program Coordinator Porschia Davis at 847-448-8049 or email@example.com.
For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.