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Mayor sets goal to hire for seasonal jobs in Chicago

Posted on September 20, 2013

Mayor Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the big success of One Summer Chicago program, a program that has resulted in the hiring for thousands of youth for seasonal jobs in Chicago.

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), which coordinates the efforts of One Summer Chicago, reports nearly 20,000 youth were hired, exceeding the initial projection of 18,000, and more than 280 of the participating young Chicagoans received offers for ongoing employment.

They worked at over 1,800 worksites, including 260 private sector worksites and as rated by employers, more than half the youth out-performed other employees in comparable positions.

The program became even more successful by by expanding private partnerships, leveraging greater resources, increasing program offerings, and launching new evidence-based violence prevention programs through an unprecedented collaboration with five County and State criminal justice agencies.

“These initiatives are an avenue to fostering a safe and productive environment for our youth during the crucial summer months,” said Mayor Emanuel. “One Summer Chicago provides young people with incredible opportunities that will serve them well as they look toward college or other employment. The skills developed through our local businesses, corporations and organizations will ensure they have a bright future and a great chance to realize their potential.”

“One Summer Chicago has provided education, recreation, and employment opportunities to children and young adults throughout Cook County,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. “Offering productive alternatives allows students to build their careers, enhance their personal development and learn in a safe environment.”