Outcomes and Successes


The Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEP) offered in Illinois has a history of success because of:

  • Dedicated providers
  • Committed employers
  • Technology (Illinois workNet Portal) supports the facilitation of the program.

The Illinois workNet portal was first used during the 2009 WIA/ARRA-funded Summer Youth Employment Program. The success was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and was the catalyst to support Illinois' work experience programs. Each year the program has been offered through Illinois workNet, customer-driven technology and content enhancements have been made to enhance the program guidance, training, and tools. These tools have been made available to partner agencies in order to leverage technology and training resources.




DCEO Sponsored CBOs

This program was funded during the Fiscal Year 2015 budget under the Illinois Department of Labor. DCEO directly administered approximately $6.6 million in Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).
​Agency Name ​Funding
African American Christian Foundation ​​$180,000.00
​Albany Park Neighborhood Council ​$70,000.00
​​Alternative Schools Network​​$730,000.00
​Asian Human Services​$75,000.00
​Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center Inc.​$375,000.00
Bethel Community Facility​​$100,000.00
BLUE1647 NFP​​$240,000.00
​Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC)
Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST, Inc.)​$150,000.00
​Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago​$185,000.00
​Central States SER, Jobs for Progress​$70,000.00
​Chicago Lawndale AMACHI Mentoring Program (LAMP)
​Chicago Urban League​$130,000.00
​East Central Illinois Community Action Agency​$100,000.00
Emerson Park Development Corporation​​$500,000.00
Employee Connections, Inc, NFP​​$150,000.00
​Enlace Chicago​$75,000.00
​Gads Hill Center​$125,000.00
​Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board​$100,000.00
​Jackson Initiative​$100,000.00
​Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center​$45,000.00
​Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation​$60,000.00
​Latin Center d/b/a Universidad Popular​$210,000.00
​Little City Foundation​$100,000.00
​Macon Co. - Homework Hangout Club, Inc.​$500,000.00
​Metropolitan Family Services​$150,000.00
​Quad County Urban League, Inc.​$154,500.00
​Rock River Training Corporation, Inc.
​SGA Youth and Family Services​$100,000.00
​Southern Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
​Springfield Urban League, Inc.​$100,000.00
​Target Area Development Corporation​$100,000.00
​Total Resource Community Development Organization (TRCDO)​$100,000.00
​Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League, Inc.​$150,000.00
​United Workforce Development Board​$100,000.00
​Victor C. Neumann Association, Inc./Neumann Family Services (NFS)​$100,000.00
​Youth Job Center of Evanston​$115,000.00
​Youth Service Project​$60,000.00

SYEP 2014 DCEO Final Report (PDF)

SYEP 2014 DCEO Final Report 


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SYEP History Infographic