Students at Sullivan High School yesterday received a tremendous new resource that will help them achieve success in both school and work. Principal Chad Adams has teamed up with the Youth Job Center to open an outpost at the school.
Joining me in cutting the ribbon for the new center were (left to right) Youth Job Center Executive DirectorKaren Tollenaar Demorest, Chicago Public Schools Network 2 Chief Phil Salemi, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Program CoordinatorThelma Redmond, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Principal Adams.
Based in Evanston, the Youth Job Center prepares young people, ages 14 to 25, for success in the workplace. They provide job readiness, job placement and employment support in partnership with employers.
The Center in Evanston serves approximately 1,400 youth every year, helping them:
- Obtain and maintain employment;
- Increase income potential;
- Gain meaningful work experience;
- Develop professional skills and behaviors; and
- Enhance feelings of independence, confidence and self-worth.
The Sullivan outpost will enable the Youth Job Center reach into the Rogers Park community and raise awareness among our youth about the job and career opportunities that are available and help them plan for the future.
The Center arranges for both paid and unpaid internships and part-time jobs that can lead to full- time jobs after graduation. The Center also provides counseling and assistance for those young people who are applying to college and technical schools.
The Center partners with nearly 100 public and private sector employers who provide internships and jobs. For list of the employers, CLICK HERE:
Ten years ago, only 55 to 60 percent of incoming freshman at Sullivan ultimately graduated from high school. Under Principal Adams leadership, that number has surged to an 85 percent graduation rate. Suspensions have been reduced by 73 percent and arrests in the school have dropped by 85 percent, due to a highly successful restorative justice program, which Principal Adams instituted at the school last year.
Even before it opened its doors, the Sullivan outpost already has received 150 applicants from among the school’s 600 students, which demonstrates the desire of the students to achieve.
“We’ve made a lot of progress this year, and today is another step in that progress,” Adams said.
I’m thrilled that the Youth Job Center is coming to Rogers Park. Sullivan High School student Cynshae Mitchell, in her remarks at the ribbon cutting, said it best: “The Youth Center will direct young people into doing something positive with their lives, keeping them focused on the future rather than focused on the streets.”
Great things are happening at Sullivan High School. I welcome the Youth Job Center to Rogers Park!