Policy Information and GuidelinesIllinois Department of Labor issues guidelines to employers and teenage summer job seekers (Released May 20, 2009) (PDF):
This outlines requirements under Illinois Child Labor Law for teenagers planning to work over the summer.Accommodating Youth with Disabilities
: Any youth who have a disability need to be identified. Appropriate accommodations are to be made by the WIA youth provider. These youth may need one-on-one assistance and more time to complete activities. This needs to be planned for by the LWIA, LWIB, and WIA youth provider. Archived Summer Youth Employment Program
: Activities, assessments, policy, and guidance that was archived from SYEP 2010.My Activities Background:
Illinois workNet® My Activities were developed to align with the Department of Labor (DOL) work readiness goals for the ARRA Summer Youth Employment Program 2009 & 2010. The pre/post-assessments, activities, and worksite evaluations were approved by DOL. Once the program ended, a webinar was held to collect feedback from workforce professionals who participated in the program. The purpose of the program was to collect feedback transitioning the use of the SYEP activities to align with case management activities. Webinar Topic:
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Transition to Case Management ActivitiesWebinar Date/Time:
September 21 & 28, 2010Webinar Materials:
Webinar Materials: Background and Goals PowerPoint (PDF)
, SYEP to Case Management Activities (PDF)
, Process Flow: Registered Customers (PDF)
, Process Flow: Universal Customers (PDF)
Phase I of the transition process provided access to
- All of the SYEP activities;
- An optional pre-assessment;
- A post-assessment with unlimited attempts and a successful completion score of 70%; and
- A certificate of completion upon successfully completing the post-assessment.
Phase II enhanced the overall process by sharing information back and forth between Illinois workNet and IWDS.
Overview of Using My Activities with Youth
Purpose: To help youth reach their training and employment goals.
The activities can be printed or accessed wherever they can access the Internet. Activity responses can be saved in the youth's Illinois workNet account.
Using the customer groups tool, case managers/career counselors with Illinois workNet workforce partner accounts can view the youth's:
- Activity responses;
- Career interest surveys; and
- Assessment results.
Workforce Partners can also use the email/message notice tool to communicate with youth in the group.
To learn more about using customer groups, go to the workforce and education partner pathway and click on Customer Groups item in the left menu.
Youth complete the Employability Activities Set using an instructor-led or self-guided approach.
This set includes a pre-assessment, career interest surveys, activities that link to resources within Illinois workNet, post-assessment, and certificate of completion. Visit the Employability Activities
page for more information. Illinois workNet assessment tools are used to assess the youth's knowledge of and ability to demonstrate proper workplace skills.
Visit the Assessment Resources
page for specific assessment information. In addition to the Employability Activities Set Assessments, Illinois workNet also offers free assessments such as:
- NOCTI 21st Century Skills Assessment: This assessment is a timed 100 multiple choice assessment. Participants have 2 hours to complete the assessment online in a proctored environment. It can be broken down into two 60 minute sessions. It can be completed an unlimited number of times. This is free for all Illinois workNet partners.
- Observational Assessment: This assessment is completed online by an instructor. It is a tool that can be used to provide feedback on how the student demonstrates workplace skills in the classroom.
- Worksite Evaluation: This assessment is completed online by the worksite supervisor. It is a tool that can be used to provide feedback on how the student demonstrates workplace skills in the work environment.
For all of the assessments:
- Assessments are accessed through Illinois workNet.
- Results are saved within the customer's account.
- Results can be viewed by Illinois workNet partners who have been granted access to the information.