Four Evanstonians were awarded keys to the city by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl this week for their workforce development efforts.

Lou Dickson supports workforce development through her work as executive director of the Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse, a nonprofit organization that promotes waste reduction in landfills through sustainable deconstruction and renovation building practices, while also offering valuable workforce training in construction, deconstruction and warehousing.

Ann Jennett has made it her mission to help young people enter the workforce. The Youth Job Center of Evanston, founded by Ann in 1983, provides employment-related services for disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Evanston and Chicago. It has helped more than 20,000 young people find jobs over the last 30 years.

Hecky Powell has served Evanston residents pulled pork, baby back ribs, sweet potato pie and more at Hecky’s Barbecue for more than 30 years, but he’s also provided dozens of Evanston youth with employment and career development through work at his restaurant. In addition, through the Forrest E. Powell Foundation, created by Hecky in honor of his father, hard-working individuals are given scholarships to pursue their dreams.

Susan Trieschmann, a food-service professional since the age of 13, makes sure that Curt’s Café patrons are not only provided with delicious food made from scratch and a comfortable place to enjoy it; but that at-risk Evanston youth are given training in food service and in life through their work at the cafe. Students at Curt’s learn valuable, employable skills, and are given job placement assistance after completing their training.

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    1. Hecky Powell—Bravo

      He was the one sane voice on the Council—and that distinction still seems to apply.  He did [and I suppose still does—sorry for all the past tenses] not feel he had to say/do the P.C. thing.  While other did and still do come up with one hairbrain program after another, he knew it was jobs/education that would help not only the youth but everyone.

  1. I was at the cafe this week
    I was at the cafe this week watching as the chef brought platters full of food to a table filled with staff and kids in the program. Myself and colleagues were amazed at the enlightened conversation together they shared over a home cooked meal. You could feel the love. Its was just like Thanksgiving..good food and laughter. Id never been to Curts. Susan got this place right!

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