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My Successful Summer 02
First and foremost, I'm grateful that the youth of the Chicago land area were able to benefit from ... Read the Story >>
Miriam, 60649-2282
First and foremost, I'm grateful that the youth of the Chicago land area were able to benefit from this opportunity. I'm most grateful that I was one of the recipients. I worked for HRDI which is a major corporation that provides human resources for a number of people. I know this will be a great addition to my resume but it has also made me aware of the work I want to do in the future.

2014-08-25

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Once I finished my first year of College at Indiana State University, I knew that I would need a ... Read the Story >>
Lindsay, 62704-7123
Once I finished my first year of College at Indiana State University, I knew that I would need a summer job. I had worked for the Springfield Urban League the Summer before so I figured I would re-apply, and thankfully I was rehired. Once I started going to meetings at the Urban League, I was introduced to Illinois workNet, which has helped me to understand what I need to do in life. It taught me about budgeting, how to find a job, how to find out info on the job and also how to follow up with jobs. Illinois workNet has helped me throughout the summer along with the Springfield Urban League, in which I am very thankful.

2014-08-25

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My name is Tremayne and last June I enrolled into the Summer Youth Program. While there, I learned ... Read the Story >>
Tremayne, 60617-2235
My name is Tremayne and last June I enrolled into the Summer Youth Program. While there, I learned how to approach an interview, write up a resume for myself and work on appearance. Marvin Hoffman had helped me get a job after the program and I was able to pick up some very useful skills and knowledge from my training. I love my job and I am so thankful to have went through this program. Thank you to the directors and everyone involved in my success.

2014-08-25

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My Successful Summer 02
My name is D'Andria and I was born and raised in Chicago. Growing up, I was pushed by my family to ... Read the Story >>
D'Andria, 60649-1234
My name is D'Andria and I was born and raised in Chicago. Growing up, I was pushed by my family to get through school and become successful. But, with parents working so much, I didn't know who to turn to for advice. After joining the Summer Youth Program, I realized there are so many great people out there to help me. I completed it and came out a better person. I learned responsibility, self-motivation and how to organize myself. I would recommend this program to anyone.

2014-08-25

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Jaelen's Success Story 13
Being in this program will teach you everything you want and will need to know about preparing ... Read the Story >>
jaelen, 62702-3626
Being in this program will teach you everything you want and will need to know about preparing yourself for the future. I think being in this program helped me learn a lot of initiative to go after what I want in life. If you take this training you will learn more and how to become a better employee, I encourage young kids to do so.

2014-08-25

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My Inspirational Journey 12
Working for the SYEP 2014 has encouraged me in more ways than one. Not only has it taught me how ... Read the Story >>
Rachel, 62040-5873
Working for the SYEP 2014 has encouraged me in more ways than one. Not only has it taught me how driven I am, but it has taught me just how much I can be an encouragement to someone else. I've learned how to educate my peers with the work experience and knowledge I obtained prior to this job. My supervisors and work readiness instructors motivated me to know that it is never too late to strive for the success I've always envisioned. They put me in a room full of my peers; when I would normally work in the background, and helped me to see my capabilities. I simplified computer programs and information in a way that anybody could comprehend, without any complication. Here at Quad City they inspired me to write out my goals for my future. Even when I thought all hope was gone, working for the SYEP 2014, is preparing me for greater!

2014-08-25

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My Life Story 13
I'm a young girl trying to get my life together. I've been working with the SYEP for years now, and ... Read the Story >>
Dausha, 62703-1251
I'm a young girl trying to get my life together. I've been working with the SYEP for years now, and I love it. I just finished my 2 years of college and now my goals is to become a pediatrician. I think www.illiniosworknet.com is a very helpful website for young kids because it's a lot of what they don't know and getting them prepared for what they want and want to do in life. Thank you Illinoisworknet. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time and hope to continue to learn more everday.

2014-08-25

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I've participated in my share of community organizations coming together and giving back to the ... Read the Story >>
Hussein, 60612-4119
I've participated in my share of community organizations coming together and giving back to the community, but this is my first employed youth program. The WIA workshops provided me with an insight into how to implement an effective work-ethic. Whether if it was from encouragement, life lessons, or just advice on attire; the workshops provided a prep course on life's factors. This caused me to cross examine myself and to work on anything that I find may have fallen short. I find that I'm a much more driven and open individual than I was before.

2014-08-24

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My name is Breanna and I came from a very large family. I joined Christian Love Baptist Church at ... Read the Story >>
Breanna, 60636-1918
My name is Breanna and I came from a very large family. I joined Christian Love Baptist Church at the age of 8 years old. At that age, I wanted to become a Nurse. My family motivated me to graduate from grammar school and also high school. Since then I have graduated from a Medical Assisting program, and plan to pursue my degree with Nursing while working at Adult Day Care to save money.

2014-08-22

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The employment program S.Y.E.P is a wonderful training program. My background growing up was middle ... Read the Story >>
dominique, 60617-4810
The employment program S.Y.E.P is a wonderful training program. My background growing up was middle class, so things weren't easy. Being in the program gave me the opportunity to learn how to live, survive with or without. I believe this is an excellent program for not only the youth but adults as well.

2014-08-22

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My Goals 01
Using the WIA Works system has had a positive impact on me. ... Read the Story >>
lashaun, 60619-3010


I wasn't brought up in a family oriented environment. I began to care for myself at an early age. Since then I have remained positive and continued working towards my goals. This program has taught me to go back to school and achieve these goals so that I can be successful and keep my mind focused on the right path in life. I hope to see many other young teens chose this path as well.

2014-08-22

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I Decided To Further My Education 01
I grew up in a two-parent household, including 3 siblings. After moving out of my parents house, I ... Read the Story >>
cierra, 60620-1027
I grew up in a two-parent household, including 3 siblings. After moving out of my parents house, I decided to further my education with the motivation of this program. It has taught me so much and will continue to teach me. This program is important and helpful to the people of Illinois, especially young people, who are having a tough time finding a job. It may be frustrating in the beginning but if you stick through it, it's worth it.


2014-08-22

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Using the WIA Works system has had a positive impact on me. ... Read the Story >>
Israel, 60804-4218

After completing 11th grade at Morton East, I began to search for a summer program that would be meaningful and productive. My continuation in volunteering for Representative Elizabeth Hernandez paid off as I was introduced to SYEP by an assistant of hers. I was immediately interested in the program, not only for the fact that I was looking to become a paid intern again, but because it had several other traits that felt different from my past experience. I was given the number to reach the coordinator, Wanda Amador, and so I called and she gave all the information and the requirements. The actual application process was simple because of the one-on-one assistance I was given, and I began to work a few days later. My worksite was St. Mary of Celle and my on-site supervisors were Xochitl Flores and Elva Noriega. I assisted them in providing more employment opportunities for youth like me, so I found the position rather valuable. Many work skills of mine flourished within this environment. The phone calls I made became more fluent and confident, and my organizing skills improved. I was given actual responsibilities and was entrusted to do certain things that I became good at over time. I improved my social skills and became more open. This helped me develop several friendships within the program, not only with the youth but also my supervisors. Overall, the skills I have gained can be applied to several other work areas in the future. The program gave me a taste of the reality of what work is. It was never about simply getting paid. I learned quite a lot from my time spent here. I enjoyed coming in every morning. I felt like I was needed to some extent. I was given a sense of what real responsibility is, and now I have been given a bit of preparation on my upcoming work experiences.



2014-08-22

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I am a young lady growing up in the city of Chicago. Up here, you have to work hard in order to be ... Read the Story >>
keshiyah, 60617-4868
I am a young lady growing up in the city of Chicago. Up here, you have to work hard in order to be successful and that's why I participated in the summer youth employment program. Being in this program has taught me the importance of how becoming successful will take you so far in life. I want to be able to achieve my goals of going back to school, so that I can provide for myself and family. I plan to further my education as long as possible in order to get a good paying job and I believe that I can accomplish these goals. After this program I plan to take everything that I have learned in the office management field and use it to my best ability.

2014-08-22

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My Road To Success 01
My name is LaDarius and I'm from Chicago. I have been working on achieving my Associates Degree. ... Read the Story >>
LaDarius, 60619-7703
My name is LaDarius and I'm from Chicago. I have been working on achieving my Associates Degree. This program has been very beneficial to me; both financially and mentally. This program, in my opinion, is important for the people of Illinois because it offers training and opportunities for the youth. It helps young people, like myself, develop professional job skills, and learn how to carry and represent themselves in a business environment.

2014-08-22

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My Experience with the Summer Youth Employment Program 02
I am 20 years old and currently working at a day care. Growing up, I watched my mom struggle as a ... Read the Story >>
shakyria, 60628-3614
I am 20 years old and currently working at a day care. Growing up, I watched my mom struggle as a single parent to two young kids. As I got older, I realized I had to prepare myself for my own adulthood and responsibilities. This program helped me find my calling. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I plan to go back to school to continue my education with children.

2014-08-22

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My name is Ra'Jean. I am from Chicago. I've encountered many challenges growing up and this program ... Read the Story >>
Ra'Jean, 60649-5768
My name is Ra'Jean. I am from Chicago. I've encountered many challenges growing up and this program has provided a lot of opportunities for me to be successful. I have been able to become self sufficient and gain job experience. I learned a lot during this program including; independence, responsibility and job skills that I will be able to use in the future to help me reach my employment goals.

2014-08-22

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How I Made Life Changes 02
I was offered a position with the Caps youth program. I worked for Christian community health as an ... Read the Story >>
LaQuita, 60628-6709
I was offered a position with the Caps youth program. I worked for Christian community health as an assistance. I have three years in customer service. I am trying to become a consoler or mentor. This program is important because it help kids off the streets make money an a professional way and also offers training. I worked as a assistance in billing for insurance in health care. the positive change that incurred while working for this company was that I enjoyed my work. I would measure my success as medium because I have much more to learn. I was offered a position with the company.


Growing up, I always wanted to be a mentor or a counselor. This program has taught me what's important in life, how to go about setting my goals, and then achieving them. So far I'm doing well. I have worked for Christian Community Health as an assistant/aide for three years now and I have so much more to learn. 

2014-08-22

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I learned a lot from this program. This was my first job so I had no work experience. I gained not ... Read the Story >>
lakeisha, 60621-3740
I learned a lot from this program. This was my first job so I had no work experience. I gained not only job skills but also life lessons. I learned how to work with others in a work setting. The people that I worked with were great. I am glad I had the chance to work with this program and I am excited to use what I learned in my future.

2014-08-21

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I found out about the SYEP program because I was working at the Puerto Rican Parade for my school. ... Read the Story >>
Xiomara, 60160-2439
I found out about the SYEP program because I was working at the Puerto Rican Parade for my school. I mostly worked at the front desk and with the 11-14 year old kids. I would take them to the park and watch them at the Club.This program was good for me because it taught me time management and responsibility. I also learned patience and how to deal wit situations in a professional setting. I really enjoyed my time at the Boys and Girls Club and participating with the SYEP program.



2014-08-20

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I found out about the SYEP program from my science teacher. I was interested in it because it had ... Read the Story >>
Martin, 60651-1706
I found out about the SYEP program from my science teacher. I was interested in it because it had "engineering" in the description. I want a career in engineering. I worked with my classmate Scott to build an 18 x 18 robot program. This program helped me because it offered me the opportunity to learn job skills specific to the engineering field and helped me get prepared for my future. Now I have programming experience that I can use to update my resume along with the other skills I learned in the program. It was a good experience.


2014-08-20

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My experience with the summer youth employment program was amazing. I learned new things such as ... Read the Story >>
Imani, 60643-4280
My experience with the summer youth employment program was amazing. I learned new things such as how to build a good resume, time management, and information about domestic violence and bullying. I also learned job skills such as painting, maintenance, and cleaning skills. My mentor Doris Massey was the best.  She made sure I didn't give up and kept me going. She was very encouraging. Thanks to her and the program I feel more prepared for other jobs and life experiences.



2014-08-18

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Before I participated with the Summer Youth Program I had never had a job. It was a struggle trying ... Read the Story >>
Aneisha, 60619-7506
Before I participated with the Summer Youth Program I had never had a job. It was a struggle trying to find an employer that would hire me. That why i was so excited to be able to participate in this program. I learned a lot in my short time in the program. I learned how to work with others in a work environment, time management, and other job skills. I also learned about things to get me ready for a job, like my resume. I also learned some big self lessons like if you want something you will have to work for it. Overall this summer I learned that hard works pays off, and that I am ready to find other jobs that will be a good fit for me.


2014-08-18

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My name is Katherine Franklin and I would like to share my experience with working in the Summer ... Read the Story >>
Katherine, 60643-4420
My name is Katherine Franklin and I would like to share my experience with working in the Summer Youth Employment Program. To me it was a great experience I've learned a lot of new things. I've learned to paint and do office work such as answer the phone, file papers, work the fax and printer machine, organize things, etc. I feel I am more prepared to get other employment and use what I learned to help me feel confident in doing that. If I can do it all over I would. I have had a great summer of working, learning, and earning money.


2014-08-18

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My Summer Job Experience 02
This summer was the first time working at a real job. I was excited to be in the Summer Program and ... Read the Story >>
Anthony, 60617-3220
This summer was the first time working at a real job. I was excited to be in the Summer Program and learn skills and be working at an actual job placement. The job was hot and hard work but it was an awesome experience.  I liked having a job it keep me off the street all summer and it also help me find out what I would like to do for a career after high school. I had not thought much about my career or future but this program not only taught me job skills but also go me thinking about my future. This was a good experience for me and I am thankful for being able to be part of this program.


2014-08-18

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