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CPS Opens First On-Site Job Center at Sullivan High School in Partnership with the Youth Job Center
The Outpost Will Support Students in Building Job Skills and Securing Local Part-time Jobs
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the opening today of the District’s first on-site job program at Roger C. Sullivan High School. “The Outpost” was established through a new partnership with the Youth Job Center (YJC), and will provide Sullivan’s nearly 700 students with access to free employment guidance that will prepare them with the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century workforce.
CPS and YJC announced at today’s ribbon cutting at Sullivan that workshops in The Outpost will kick off this Tuesday, September 23rd. A career advisor will be on-site every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Sullivan between 9 am to 3 pm. YJC staff will help students plan for the future by teaching interview and resume skills, researching careers and assisting students in applying for and securing local jobs and internships. YJC will also offer job training workshops and opportunities to meet with local business representatives to participate in mock and real interviews.
"I teach our students that you have to see yourself in the future before you can become what you want to be,” said Chad Adams, principal at Sullivan High School. “The Outpost will give students the opportunity to explore the options of college and career, learn soft job skills and build solid interview skills."
"Over the years, our existing Outpost school-based center has helped hundreds of young people find jobs," said Karen Tollenaar Demorest, YJC executive director. "Our new job center at Sullivan High will fill an important role in helping young people plan for their future, strengthen their skills, find work and launch careers."
The YJC works with students to secure temporary and part-time jobs and internships that match their skill sets and long-term goals through a series of partnerships with locally-owned businesses. YJC staff will engage a variety of industries in the Rogers Park community, supporting career paths in retail, auto service, health care, hospitality and information technology fields.
Since 1983, the YJC has provided support to more than 20,000 young job seekers with job placement, employment counseling and ongoing support. While the YJC also operates school-based job centers at Evanston Township High School and Maine East High School, the opening at Sullivan marks the first time that the organization will serve students in the District.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston), Ald. Joe Moore (49th ward) and Illinois House Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) attended today’s ceremony to support the expanded job training and experience that the partnership will afford for the community.
The addition of The Outpost job center at Sullivan aligns with the District’s mission of providing every student at every school access to both an academic foundation and applicable skills to prepare for success in college, career and life.
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students in 664 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.