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Youth Job Center is launching a retention-focused pilot program that will support youth placed in entry-level customer service and retail positions to continue on the path to living-wage jobs with career advancement opportunities.

The program, called the Lasting Impact Initiative, will be funded by the two-year, $250,000 Customer Service Career Pathways grant, awarded by Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance.

Through site visits, skills work-shops and individual and cohort meetings, YJC Career Advisors and a full-time Retention Specialist will work with both youth and employers to provide ongoing support with the goal of lasting placements and successful career path transitions.
Youth will work with Career Advisors to build a Career Advancement Plan, incorporating resources, guidance and training to help youth establish tangible goals that lead to career development and advancement. Ongoing professional support meetings will focus on career exploration, financial literacy and job skills.

YJC will partner with Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance, Chicago 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership, and various employer partners to implement the Lasting Impact Initiative and help more youth succeed.