About DHS - Youth Programs for Employment & Education

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. 

Eligibility/Requirements:

  • 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



​The Homeless Youth Employment Services program is a short-term program that will run through June 30, 2022.

Eligibility/Requirements:

  • Youth must be between the ages of 16-23.
  • Youth must be an Illinois resident.
  • Youth will be required to complete an I-9 form.
  • Lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
  • Review IDHS program details here.
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.

Participating Agencies:

In Cook County:

In DuPage County:
In downstate Illinois:

Two New Offerings: AIYIP and AICI

As an extension of the IYIP program, additional providers have been added. They include:
  • AICI - 
    • Choice Acts
    • Hardwell Smith Foundation
    • Life Changing Community Outreahc
    • Mt. Vernon Foundation
    • Youth Advocacy Foundation
    • Community Youth Development Institute
    • Excel Academy of Englewood
    • Excel Academy of SouthShore
    • Excel Academy of SouthWest
    • Chicaog Area Project
    • Community Assistance Programs
    • Maine Twp High School District 207
    • Phalanx
    • SGA Youth & Familty Services
    • Youth Outreach Services
    • Youth Outreach Services - LITE