HPYEEP Ushers in Youth Workforce Development Program


The Humboldt Park Youth Employment and Empowerment Program is a 12-week workforce development initiative that supports youth ages 16-24 from the Humboldt Park community. This program provides youth with meaningful work experiences, supplemented by work-readiness classes, to prepare them for entry into the professional world. If you have no prior work experience, or need some help developing skills, then you might just be the ideal candidate. 

 Through our partnerships with various local organizations, we introduce the youth to diverse fields of work, including customer service, retail, agriculture, and mechanics. Working within this environment, they will build connections with places of employment along Paseo Boricua, gain valuable work experience, and develop or refine transferable skills, all while earning a livable wage. This work experience is supplemented by a 12-week work readiness class to teach youth about various aspects of the professional world, including resume building, interview tips, and budgeting workshops.

The program also offers case management services to all youth on a weekly basis. Participants will meet regularly with their case managers and build strong connections with them as they move forward through the program. Case managers will assist the youth with college or job applications, help them apply for public aid service like SNAP or Medicare, and answer any questions they may have about the program or their worksite. Case managers can also refer youth to additional services that they may need for themselves or for members of their household. 

It is the Humboldt Park Youth Employment  Empowerment Program’s goal to provide youth with permanent places of employment, re-engagement with their academic pursuits, or enrollment in college or technical programs. We are excited to work with youth and to help unlock their full potential. These young community participants are our future community leaders.

For more information, please contact Samantha Toledo: samanthat@prcc-chgo.org or 872=829-2662.

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