Summer Youth Employment Program

In July, 2014, Near West Side Family Works has employed 112 youth throughout the summer in our Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Near West was also able to prepare these 16-21 yr. olds for present and future work experiences by providing them educational training sessions such as, but not limited to, Life Skills, College Prep, Intro to City Colleges of Chicago, ISAC, Conflict Resolution, Resume building & writing, Money Mgmt. & Budgeting, Peer Pressure, and Intro to Spanish.
After the 2 week departmental of courses, youth were placed in different establishments throughout the city of Chicago for 6 weeks of employment. Many youth were able to either obtain permanent employment in the establishment, or receive recommendations for future employment from their perspective supervisors.