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 11, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Evanston Township High School (ETHS), 1600 Dodge Ave. Doors will close at noon.

With the help of local employers, MSYEP hopes to place 1,000 young people in jobs. Employers interested in attending the job fair and participating in the program this year can register online at cityofevanston.org/msyep.

More than 40 employers providing summer and year-round employment will be present, including NorthShore University HealthSystem, Northwestern University, Rotary International, Six Flags Great America (transportation provided), McGaw YMCA, Salvation Army-Evanston, YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, Cinemark / Century Theatres, and more. Sponsors also include ZS Associates.

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:

  • CAMS Branch Library, 900 Chicago Ave. – Monday, February 13
  • EPL Teen Loft, 1703 Orrington Ave. – Monday, February 13
  • Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. – Tuesday, February 14
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. – Wednesday, February 15
  • Gibbs-Morrison Center, 1823 Church St. – Wednesday, February 15
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. – Thursday, February 16
  • Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St. – Friday, February 17
  • Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. – Friday, February 17
  • All ETHS Cafeterias –  February 13-17, 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 on June 12, 2017; 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 at ETHS HUB (W220) on Wednesday, February 22, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 25, from 9 a.m. to noon (Wildkit Academy); and Wednesday, March 1, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Students are encouraged to register for a workshop at cityofevanston.org/workshop.

In 2016, 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. Nearly 700 Evanston youth attended the event with more than 600 securing summer or year-round employment. Mayor Tisdahl’s goal is to provide 1,000 Evanston youth with summer jobs.

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 interested in supporting and/or attending this year’s job fair and program can register online at cityofevanston.org/msyep or contact Youth & Young Adult Program Coordinator Porschia Davis at 847-448-8049 or youth@cityofevanston.org.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.