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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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JVS' Summer Youth Experience 07
JVS Chicago enrolled 29 youth into the Summer Youth Employment Program. All youth participated in ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
JVS Chicago enrolled 29 youth into the Summer Youth Employment Program. All youth participated in job readiness skills training, paid work experiences, and case management services. Of the 29 participants, 13 were offered employment by their host sites. 12 accepted those offers. Worksites include: TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Lutheran General Hospital, and The Barking Lot. 4 students continued on to college.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-12-12

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Early this spring, I received a call from someone I hadn't heard from in years, but had wondered ... Read the Story >>
Eliza, 60625-1168
Early this spring, I received a call from someone I hadn't heard from in years, but had wondered about often. He was a young man who had participated in the Green Youth Farm program as a high school student and had left in the middle of his second summer to serve our nation in the Army. Derrick returned safely from his service and was looking for a job other than day labor. Unfortunately, at that time, all of our positions had been filled for the season, so I had nothing to offer. It was one of the most rewarding days of my summer when I was able to call Derrick after receiving Summer Youth Employment Program funds from DCEO to tell him that we would love to interview him for the position of crew leader. He and his crew of six youth would be charged with the planting, maintenance, and harvest of the edible garden outside of the Thompson Center. We both were ecstatic. After a quick refresher, Derrick was back in the swing of plant care and learned the ropes of supervising youth with training and mentor-ship from more experienced staff. He and his crew traveled downtown and were the ambassadors for the Chicago Botanic Garden's urban agriculture programs for elected officials, government leaders, businessmen and women, and tourists; all who stopped to admire the edible garden, chat with the crew about the plants, and maybe even taste some healthy fresh food! Derrick proved himself to be such an asset to our department that upon his completion of SYEP, we hired him onto our work study crew for the winter and he plans to enroll in our 9-month Windy City Harvest certificate program starting in February to continue his training in sustainable urban agriculture!

2013-11-13

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Justin Smock
SYEP: Everything's coming up roses! 15
First, we would like to say hats off to the State of Illinois for their work placement program! We ... Read the Story >>
Kim, 62821-1941
First, we would like to say hats off to the State of Illinois for their work placement program! We feel this program is an excellent source of training for the young people getting ready to enter the working world. It teaches them all the aspects of job placement, responsibility, skills, respect for themselves and others and professionalism. It prepares them to go out in the public workforce with the confidence and professionalism to tackle anything put before them at work and everyday situations. We don't have a lot of help for our young adults to prepare them for life after school, but this program definitely does that. We were assigned Justin Smock. He is a 17 year old junior at Harrisburg High School. His interests are art and band. He had never had a job other than cleaning his church. One of his friend's grandmothers told him about the program so he applied. A flower shop was not on his want list, but we are glad his first choice would take too long for background checks and a drug screening. Justin was setup with an interview at which he arrived on time, polite, professionally dressed, and very grateful for the opportunity to fill a gap in our work schedule. He started the next day. He had no experience in the floral business, but was eager to learn. We started with bow making and he turned into a bow making machine! He was taught to answer the phone, take orders, help customers and deliver flowers. He said it was very gratifying to see the smiles and tears when he delivered the flowers. It took him no time before he was making vases, mixed baskets, cemetery vases, and saddle arrangements. He learned all the aspects of the cooler and care of the flowers. In a very short time, Justin could do it all! We turned the shop over to him to run without any hesitation a couple hours a day and Saturday mornings. He is very trustworthy and professional. Needless to say, we are grateful Justin accepted our shop as a job experience. He has a long list of things he has learned from us, but we don’t hesitate to let him know that he has also taught us many things. We learn from each other. We can’t speak for other participants, but we feel we got one of the best. Justin has a permanent job at our business for as long as he wishes. We are very proud of him. When he changes the tassel on his graduation cap, he will be ready and will be an asset to the workforce. When we asked Justin about his experience through Mid-5 his response was they are very kind and hospitable. He feels blessed he had the opportunity to participate in the program. We also asked him if he would recommend the program and for what reason. His response was yes because it lets you get hands on in the workforce and a feel for the real outside work experience.

2013-10-29

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Gaining work experience through SYEP 09
Laqes D. worked as an office assistant with Asian Human Services this summer. Laqes is creative, ... Read the Story >>
Asian Human Services
Laqes D. worked as an office assistant with Asian Human Services this summer. Laqes is creative, friendly, kind, and extremely organized. As an office assistant, Laqes greeted customers, directed them to the correct staff member, answered phones and maintained office equipment and assisted with youth room art projects. Laqes is a talented artist who was able to develop his communication skills and learn how to work in a office environment. Before SYEP Laqes had very limited work experience he plans to use his employment with Asian Human Services to help him apply for a long term job in art and administration.

Special project services: Asian Human Services
2013-10-28

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Valuable experience with Asian Human Services 09
Rafiat A. worked at Asian Human Services through SYEP as an office assistant. Rafiat answered ... Read the Story >>
Asian Human Services
Rafiat A. worked at Asian Human Services through SYEP as an office assistant. Rafiat answered phones, prepared outgoing mail, made copies of program applications, and coordinated client appointments and meetings. Rafiat was incredibly responsible. She was on time and at work every day. Rafiat was a joy to have around, we hope she will join SYEP next year.

Special project services: Asian Human Services
2013-10-28

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Mara P. worked at the Little People Daycare this summer and absolutely loved her job. She gained ... Read the Story >>
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Mara P. worked at the Little People Daycare this summer and absolutely loved her job. She gained valuable work experience as a child care assistant by monitoring children's activities, leading instruction and ensuring a safe and enjoyable classroom environment. Mara is thankful that SYEP gave her the opportunity to work with Little People Day Care because we helped her figure out that she loves working with children and will pursue a career child development.

Special project services: SYEP
2013-10-28

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SYEP Success! 05
Lateefat S. worked at the A&D company this summer as a packing assistant. Lateefat earned the ... Read the Story >>
Asian Human Services
Lateefat S. worked at the A&D company this summer as a packing assistant. Lateefat earned the highest employer evaluation from all her peers because she was punctual, attentive, and professional. Here at Asian Human services we are also impressed with Lateefat. She's a great student, respectful, and committed to her education. She has been a great joy and we wish her the best.

Special project services: Asian Human Services
2013-10-28

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Lisette Class completed her work readiness training through Illinois workNet and received onsite ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
Lisette Class completed her work readiness training through Illinois workNet and received onsite job training at the Family First Center of Lake County. While at Family First she answered phones, worked on spreadsheets, and helped with intake applications. After performing job searches during her work readiness training, Lisette was hired by TJ Maxx as a sales representative.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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SYEP to Full Time Employment 10
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at Living 4 ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at Living 4 Childcare Learning Center Inc., Shamerce Cunningham has been hired on as a full time day care assistant at the job site location. She will assist current teaching staff with teaching the children letters, numbers, manners, and various other early childhood learning objectives. Her Case Management Worker was Veronica Sheffa.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Summer Youth Employment Program 10
Donielle Foster completed her training through Illinois workNet and received on-site job training ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
Donielle Foster completed her training through Illinois workNet and received on-site job training with a construction company called NATMAR LLC. She credits NATMAR LLC to teaching her how to install flooring. Her on-site supervisor Howard Polk hired Donielle to be part of his construction team at NATMAR LLC at the end of the program.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Success in Construction 10
Tyrone McGee completed his training through Illinois workNet and received on-site job training with ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
Tyrone McGee completed his training through Illinois workNet and received on-site job training with a construction company called NATMAR LLC. Tyrone had previous experience in construction, but NATMAR LLC helped him learn to lay laminate and cement flooring, and perform electrical work on remodeled houses. His on-site supervisor Howard Polk has hired Tyrone to be part of his construction team at NATMAR LLC.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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SYEP Leads to Full Time Employment 14
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at the Community ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at the Community Action Partnership of Lake County (CAP) Ebony Gordon was hired on as a full time member of the staff.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Summer Youth Employment Program 10
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at Step by Step ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at Step by Step Daycare, Chinaya Robinson has been hired on as a full time day care assistant at Step By Step. She will assist children with their basic learning needs teaching them their ABCs, 123s, manners, and other basic learning objectives.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Accounting for Success 10
Stareisha Terrell completed online training through Illinois workNet and gained job training at ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
Stareisha Terrell completed online training through Illinois workNet and gained job training at January Accounting Firm and the Family First Center of Lake County. While at January Accounting Firm Stareisha learned how to do tax returns and learned what it was like to be part of a team. At Family First Center Stareisha answered phones, booked appointments, and helped people fill out intake forms. Throughout the program Stareisha also learned how to use public transportation and navigate the bus system in Lake County. Stareisha says that “Working within the employment program taught me lots. I’m glad I had the chance to be part of. I learned how to get along with people better.” After completing the program Stareisha joined the Job Corps where she is now pursuing studies in early childhood education. Her Case Management Worker was Veronica Sheffa.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Summer Youth Employment Program 10
Mica Stitt completed training through Illinois workNet and after on-site job training at the ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
Mica Stitt completed training through Illinois workNet and after on-site job training at the Community Action Partnership of Lake County. Through her work readiness training, Mica was able to apply for and land a full time position as a Sales Associate at Home Depot.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Summer Youth Employment Program 10
Monkishia Venson completed her work readiness training through Illinois workNet where she was able ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
Monkishia Venson completed her work readiness training through Illinois workNet where she was able to work on her resume. After completing job training at JIC Community Development Corporation and The People’s Choice, Monkishia was able to land a full time position as a Food Services Worker at the Great Lakes Naval Base.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Success with Living 4 Childcare Learning Center 10
Ashawnti Starkey completed her training through Illinois workNet and was placed at Living 4 ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
Ashawnti Starkey completed her training through Illinois workNet and was placed at Living 4 Childcare Learning Center Inc. for on-site job training where she interacted with kids and assisted the teachers on staff. At the end of the program, Vice President of Living “4” Childcare Learning Center Inc., Iris Livingston, hired Ashawnti as an Assistant Pre-School Teacher.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Summer Youth Employment Program 10
Keara Foxworth completed her work readiness training through Illinois workNet and received on-site ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
Keara Foxworth completed her work readiness training through Illinois workNet and received on-site job training at the City of North Chicago in the Human Resources Department. Keara performed administrative tasks such as answering phones, making appointments, filing paperwork, and even helping with promotion at the summer festival in North Chicago. Through work readiness training, her case management worker helped her tweak her resume and apply for open positions near her town. After several interviews, Keara was hired as a sales representative for Best Buy.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Summer Youth Employment Program 10
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at Step by Step ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at Step by Step Daycare, Destiny McKnight has been hired on as a full time day care assistant at Step By Step. She will assist children with their basic learning needs teaching them their ABCs, 123s, manners, and other basic learning objectives.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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Success and Happy Faces 10
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at Happy Faces ... Read the Story >>
Summer Youth Employment Program
After completing online training through Illinois workNet and gaining job training at Happy Faces Childcare, Shaniqua Gordon was hired on as a full time member of the staff at the end of the program.

Special project services: Summer Youth Employment Program
2013-10-08

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My SYEP Success Story 13
My summer working in the SYEP Program was amazing. This experience was such an opportunity to grow ... Read the Story >>
kenya, 62704-5988
My summer working in the SYEP Program was amazing. This experience was such an opportunity to grow for me. I had no plans for the summer, but really wanted to get a job to gain some experience. It turned out to be so much more than I expected. I learned a lot from this program; the work I did taught me a lot of skills that I will be able to use in future employment and in other areas of my life. I learned patience, responsibility, as well as job searching and training steps. All of my co-workers and I worked very hard and enjoyed our experience. I hope that I can participate in the program again next summer so I can continue to gain skills and work experience while building relationships with employers and co-workers. I appreciate my opportunity and can already see how it has helped me grow as a person and employee!

2013-08-28

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Marketing, Sales and Service
Chicago Federation of Labor On-the-Job Training Success Letter 07
The CFL's Workforce Assistance Committee office in Westchester provided valuable job search ... Read the Story >>
Chicago Federation of Labor's Workforce Assistance Committee, 60154-3773
The CFL's Workforce Assistance Committee office in Westchester provided valuable job search services, including placement in an On-the-Job training program for three dislocated workers.
View CFL Workforce Assistance Committee Letter

2012-04-11

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Architecture and Construction
Hispanic American Construction Industry Association's Success Letter 99
Read how three construction industry professionals benefitted from the State Energy ... Read the Story >>

Read how three construction industry professionals benefitted from the State Energy Sector Partnership. SESP addresses energy efficiency and renewable energy by providing job training in various green economy areas such as Energy Auditing, which focuses on energy conservation in homes and buildings.
View HACIA Success Stories

2012-03-28

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In December 2011, BEST, Inc. Business Service Manager and NCI Works member Dianna Schuler met with ... Read the Story >>
Carrie, 61350-1234
In December 2011, BEST, Inc. Business Service Manager and NCI Works member Dianna Schuler met with HCC in Mendota to discuss how the Peru BEST office could assist them in recruiting applicants for approximately 30 to 40 openings. As a result of that meeting, on December 27th the Peru BEST, Inc. office began accepting applications for Assembly and Welding positions. To date one hundred and fifty job seekers have since submitted their application and feedback from HCC Human Resources has been positive. The opportunity to assist HCC with their recruitment has brought job seekers into the office that might not otherwise have discovered the services available to them through our resource room and has provided the opportunity for BEST to promote its role as a workforce development agency with much to offer the business community.

I am an Employer or a Business
2012-02-07

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