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In-State Opportunities

Summer Youth Apprenticeship Opportunity 

We teach esports, game design, and entrepreneurship to students ages 13-18. The program is three weeks long, completely free for all students, and starts June 13. Here's a link to a short presentation.

Safety Service Systems Inc. (S3)

S3 is Chicago’s premier event security, event staff, and ushering company and we would like to recruit your students for our 2023 concerts, festivals, and sporting events.
Some of the 2023 events include Chicago Fire Soccer games, Soldier Field concerts (Taylor Swift, Beyonce, etc.), Chicago Cubs games (must be at least 18yrs), Wrigley Rooftops (must be at least 18yrs), Wrigley Field concerts (Morgan Wallen, Pink, etc.), Summer Smash (must be at least 18yrs), Lollapalooza (must be at least 18yrs old), Chicago Bears games and more!!
• EVENT SECURITY (Starting Pay $16.30/hour)
Minimum 18yrs of age, Active PERC (security license) and 20hr training (we can assist in obtaining)
Flexible scheduling: primarily nights and weekends, ideal as a 2nd job
• EVENT STAFF (Starting Pay $15.50/hour)
Minimum 18yrs old (Flexible scheduling: primarily nights and weekends, ideal for students)
• SERVICE STAFF (Starting Pay $15.50/hour)
Minimum 16yrs old (working concerts at Soldier Field and Wrigley Field, Chicago Fire Soccer games, and Chicago Bears games)
Design Your World Pipeline Program
I want to share an opportunity regarding a program that introduces teens (13-18 years old), to commercial interior design– “Design Your World” (DYW). The 4-week program will begin July 11th and end on August 4th, meeting Tuesday-Friday each of those 4-weeks at our offices in downtown Chicago (111 E. Wacker).
We have found that students with an interest in and penchant for art & creative fields thrive in this program and I am hoping you will share this with some of your students that you feel would benefit from the opportunity to explore interior design and architecture. The program is now in its 3rd year and we seek to introduce underrepresented communities to the possibilities of design. Each week the students will learn about the core basics and principles of interior design, learn skills, and be introduced to members of the design community that we hope will inspire kids to pursue a career in the design industry.
As a participant, each student will receive a stipend of $400 upon completion of the program. As well, the student’s final day of the program will serve as a presentation day and give them the opportunity to show their friends, families and members of the design community that have supported the program, what they have accomplished (it is incredible to see how these young people’s imagination and creativity is expressed).
This program was created by the Office of Student Protections and Title IX to provide a cohort of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with an opportunity to expand their leadership capabilities, build community across the District, and shape Chicago Public Schools’ response to bias-based harm.
Fill out this interest form to receive the application in August 2023!
Throughout the program, students will:
  • Broaden their understanding of civil rights struggles and how our identities intersect. 
  • Learn to prevent, interrupt and respond to bias-based harm by talking about social justice topics, participating in experiential learning opportunities across Chicago, and receiving Bystander Intervention Training.
  • Develop skills for promoting social justice such as public speaking, podcasting, filming, and developing partnerships within your school. 
  • Build community with peers across Chicago and staff from the Office of Student Protections and Title IX. 
As part of this unique opportunity, students will also participate in field trips, hear from guest speakers, and design a project for their schools to build community and prevent bias-based harm.
Deadline: June 12th
2023 CPS graduates can earn up to $1,000 and 3 college credits through this 7-week summer program. Students get an introduction to college life, take a free college course, receive English and Math support, and build community with their peers. A special offering for English Language Learners is also available!

Job Opportunities

CONSTRUCT Youth Academy
ComEd Workforce Development in partnership with YMCA Metropolitan Chicago is launching a CONSTRUCT Youth Academy this summer.
Applications are now open and will be accepted through June 23rd.
Please complete the interest form here:
A variety of employment opportunities are available in the parks this summer to suit all interests, schedules and experience levels. Positions available for ages 16+ include Lifeguard, Recreation Leader (for Day Camp), and Junior Laborer (park maintenance). Additional positions are available for ages 18+.
Click here to learn more and apply today.
Being a lifeguard along Chicago’s gorgeous lakefront or a neighborhood pool is a job unlike any other. You'll be part of one of the country's largest and best-trained lifeguard corps, gaining life-saving skills while making a difference in people's lives.  Make $16.19 an hour plus a $600 bonus! Be a Chicago Park District lifeguard this summer! 
Additional Incentives: All candidates will receive tickets to a Chicago Fire FC soccer game upon completion of the Lifeguard Swim Test, plus a chance to win a one-day pass to Chicago’s Lollapalooza, tickets to Six Flags Great America, and a Divvy annual membership pass when hired. The $600 bonus, paid to year-round lifeguards and summer lifeguard candidates who successfully complete all required trainings and fulfill their duties during the summer season, will be divided into two equal payments to be distributed with employee payroll checks during the season.
NEW! Enrichment/College Access Programs 2021-22
Click on the links below for more information!