By Amanda Reilly
On Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, 27 employers, and nearly 200 job seekers piled into the gymnasium at Catalyst Maria School in a combined SWOP & Youth Job Center (YJC) event to help connect people in the community with jobs. As part of SWOP’s mission to enable families to determine their own future, SWOP has established a growing partnership with YJC to connect young people and adults with stable employment opportunities. From 3 pm to 6 pm on the 22nd job seekers spoke with diverse employers, some of whom were willing to hire returning citizens. Employers ranged from the US Census Bureau to Starbucks to the YMCA to FedEx. Individuals from Southwest Chicago and from around the city heard about the fair and came to apply for jobs.
The same week as the job fair, SWOP partnered with YJC to bring a youth job readiness training to Chicago Lawn. The training helps prepare young people to enter the workforce for the first time, or to re-enter the workforce after experiencing barriers to employment. The training is available to young people between the ages of 18 to 25 once a month and focuses on professional readiness, interview skills, building a resume, and how to sustain employment once a job is secured. The next job readiness training with YJC that will be held at SWOP is scheduled for Sep. 24 – 27. To learn more about SWOP’s and YJC’s combined work around jobs or to register for the next youth job readiness training please contact Joel Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.