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Know A Teen Looking For A Job This Summer? Here’s How To Get A Good One

One Summer Chicago offers job opportunities to teens and young adults ages 14-24 — and applications are now open.

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CHICAGO — Need a job this summer? The time to apply is now.

The application period for One Summer Chicago, a city job program that provides teens and young adults ages 14-24 with employment opportunities for the summer, is open now through May 20.

To apply, you must be a Chicago resident between the ages of 14-24. Applicants under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian.

According to One Summer Chicago’s 2018 report, more than 32,000 teens and young adults worked three million hours at local businesses, city agencies and community organizations last year. Sixty-three percent of the participants were African American, 21 percent were Latino.

This year, the program is offering a wide range of opportunities with the help of partner organizations, including the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and After School Matters. For teens interested in coding, there’s A Knock At Midnight, an Englewood non-profit that specializes in youth education and job training. For those interested in the culinary arts, there’s A Safe Haven, an organization that offers transition services to those impacted by homelessness.

Thirty-five social service organizations have signed on for the summer, with most of them serving communities on the south and west sides.

The program, started by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011, is also looking for more corporate and community employers to join the team. Interested parties are invited to fill out a registration form before the May 15 deadline.