Nearly 400 young people from the Chicago area attended Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s annual Youth Job and Resource Fair on Saturday at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, located at 250 E. 111th Street, Chicago. Rep. Robin Kelly was pleased at the turnout and the response from employers.
“Our future depends on the investments we make in our young people. That’s why I’m so committed to providing them with the resources they need to succeed,” said Rep. Kelly.
Representatives from more than 40 companies and agencies, including Nike, Walgreens, and the Ashley’s Furniture and Distribution Center, were on hand to accept applications for active job openings and internships. A representative from the Pipe Fitters Training Center was also there to discuss apprenticeships. Nike offered workshops on interview skills, resume writing, and building positive work habits, while organizations and agencies such as Illinois Work Net and UIC Chance Program offered a variety of youth services and programs.
“The purpose of the job fair was to give our youth a running start in securing summer employment. Summer jobs develop work skills and give young people contact with professionals who can serve as role models. The young people attending were eager to work and highly capable. I’m hopeful they were able to find jobs or internship opportunities,” Kelly said.
Congresswoman Kelly hosts youth job fairs each spring to provide an opportunity for young people to apply for summer jobs and find resources for future employment and work skill development.
Rep. Kelly said that studies show that young people from communities with high rates of violent crimes are less likely to commit crimes if they are gainfully employed and that young people make better choices when given responsibilities and are exposed to positive influences.
Kelly added, “I believe this Youth Job and Resource Expo will assist young people in my district with employment, job readiness, and career development. Those opportunities, in turn, will contribute to safer streets and personal prosperity.”
The employers and vendors participating in Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s annual Youth Job and Resource Fair included the following: Acres Group, Ashley Furniture and Distribution Center, Automotive Mentoring Group, BJ’s Market And Bakery, Black United Funds of Illinois, Bronzeville’s Finest Restaurants / Pearl’s Place, Business and Career Services, Chase Bank, Chicago Area Project, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS), Chicago Urban League, Chicago Zoological Society. City Colleges of Chicago, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Community Assistance Program, County Care, Demoiselle 2 Femme NFP, Endeleo Institute, Garmin, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Work Net, Job Corps, Laynie Foundation, Metropolitan Family Services, Nike, Norfolk Southern Railroad. Phalanx Family Services, Pipe Fitters’ Training Center,Schneider Trucking, SEK Services, Southwest Workforce Center, Student Financial Assistance Outreach Center, True Star Foundation, UIC Chance Program, United States Coast Guard, Walgreens, Year Up Chicago and the Youth Program @ Moraine Valley Community College.