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Youth Job Center annual benefit Thursday, April 28

April 28th, 2022 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Youth Job Center (YJC), an Evanston-based workforce development agency, is hosting their annual benefit on Thursday, April 28th, from 6-8:30pm (VIP reception beginning at 5:30pm) at Walden Chicago. General admission tickets are $125 per person and includes refreshments and hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening. VIP tickets are $150 per person includes admission to an exclusive VIP reception.

With 200 anticipated guests, the theme for this year’s event is “The Future Starts Today.” YJC hopes to raise $150,000 to support their various workforce development programs, including work-readiness training, Career Pathways program, employment support, and other supportive services. The evening will consist of a VIP reception, cocktail hour, paddle raiser, raffle, panel discussion with YJC ‘s leadership, and client speakers. YJC will also be celebrating the accomplishments of departing Executive Director, Karen Tollenaar Demorest.

“Throughout my time at YJC, I have seen the impact our community has on the young people we serve. From facilitating trainings, to offering employment opportunities, and everything in-between, I am excited to spend the evening celebrating our accomplishments over the past few years and look forward to seeing the continued impact YJC has on Chicagoland’s youth,” Karen Tollenaar Demorest, Executive Director. Sponsors for the Annual Benefit include the Steele Foundation and Pro-Am Team Sports.

If you are interested in learning more, or purchasing tickets for the event, please visit:

Youth Job Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of “success for young people, in the workplace and in life.” Youth Job Center provides work-readiness training, career pathway opportunities, employment support, and various wrap-around services for Chicagoland youth ages 14-25. YJC provides these services through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant and partnerships with American Job Center, Chicago Public Schools, Evanston Township High School, LISC, and Southwest Organizing Project. Learn more at: ###


April 28th, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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