Summer Job Program for Teens, Young Adults to Focus on Pandemic

(Bert Kaufmann / Wikimedia)(Bert Kaufmann / Wikimedia)

Chicago’s annual summer jobs program will include a new youth service corps charged with helping the city respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday.

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The 2,000 teens and young adults that will make up the Chicago Youth Service Corps will be charged with creating a coronavirus-focused public information campaign; call older residents to check on their well-being; create masks and work as social-distancing ambassadors in Chicago’s parks.

Lightfoot said city officials believe “that youth have much to contribute to the city’s response to COVID-19” and the new corps will “leverage and lift up youth talent and voices and respond to their desires to lead at this time.”

In all, the city’s six-week summer jobs program will employ a total of 20,000 teens and young adults age 14-24 this summer — down from 30,000 in previous years.

Started in 2011 by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel and continued by Lightfoot, the summer job program is designed to give teens and young adults a chance to earn money while learning skills and building a resume as part of an effort to reduce crime.

Those interested in applying for summer jobs can do so at onesummerchicago.org.

Contact Heather Cherone: @HeatherCherone | (773) 569-1863 | [email protected]


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