About DHS - Youth Programs for Employment & Education

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

Benefits for Youth Participants Include:

  • Full and part-time paid job placements 
  • Case management services 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 participating in any DHS Youth program, speak with one of the agencies listed below. Agency staff will invite you into the application process. 

Providers Offering IYIP:

This program is offered by the following community-based organizations.

IYIP Providers
Two New Offerings: AIYIP and AICI
As an extension of the IYIP program, additional providers have been added. They include:


  • Choice Acts
  • Hardwell Smith Foundation
  • Life Changing Community Outreahc
  • Mt. Vernon Foundation
  • Community Youth Development Institute
  • Excel Academy of Englewood
  • Excel Academy of SouthShore
  • Excel Academy of SouthWest
  • Chicago Area Project
  • Community Assistance Programs
  • Maine Twp High School District 207
  • Phalanx
  • SGA Youth & Familty Services
  • Youth Outreach Services
  • Youth Outreach Services - LITE