About DHS - Youth Programs for Employment & Education

Youth Standing in a line.

The Illinois Youth Investment Program (IYIP) will run through June 30, 2022.

Benefits for Youth Participants Include:

  • Full and part-time paid job placements 
  • Case management services to include life skills, counseling and work readiness training.
  • Educational enhancement opportunities.

This holistic approach will account for the youth’s physical, emotional, social, and mental health needs while helping them to secure and sustain employment and/or achieve higher education ensuring a greater likelihood of success and self-sufficiency.  The purpose of this effort is to foster healthy, safe, well-educated, and self-sufficient transition-age youth in Illinois. 


  • Youth must be between the ages of 16-24.
  • Both in-school youth and out-of-school youth can participate.  As part of this program, out-of-school that have not earned their GED (or High School Equivalency) will be required to re-engage in earning their Diploma or GED.
  • Youth must have at least one risk factor that may make it hard for them to get or keep a job.
  • Youth must be an Illinois resident.
  • Youth will be required to complete an I9 Form.
  • Review IDHS program details here.

Apply Today!

If you are interested in this program, you can apply online.

Providers Offering IYIP:

This program is offered by the following community based organizations.

IYIP Providers
  • African American Christian Foundation
  • Alternative Schools Network
  • Always Giving Back Foundation
  • Angel of God Resource Center Inc.
  • Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness Inc
  • Boys & Girls Club of Chicago
  • Catholic Bishop of Chicago - St. Sabina
  • Centers for New Horizons
  • Childrens Home and Aid
  • Community Education Network
  • Comprehensive Community Solutions
  • Corazon Community Services
  • EDDR Foundation
  • Employee Connections
  • Envision Community Services
  • Haven Youth and Family Service
  • Jewish Child & Family Services
  • Lawrence Hall
  • Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House Inc.
  • LMW Group
  • Lumity
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation
  • New Original Ministries
  • Of Color Inc.
  • Operation Uplift Inc.
  • Peoria Public Schools
  • Project Vision Inc.
  • Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action Inc.
  • Public Image Partnership
  • Puerto rican Cultural Center
  • Revolution Workshop
  • Rockford Park District
  • Teens Against Killing Everywhere
  • UCAN
  • Universal Family Connections Center
  • Urbana Neighborhood Connection Center
  • Westside Health Authority