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Mayor’s goal: 1,000 summer jobs for youth

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Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl’s Summer Youth Employment Program will hold a job fair on March 11 as it strives to meet a goal of finding 1,000 jobs for Evanston youth between the ages of 14 and 18.

The fair will be held at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will enable the young people to visit with some 40 prospective employers.

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Among the exhibitors will be NorthShore University HealthSystem, Northwestern University, Rotary International, Six Flags Great America (with transportation provided), McGaw YMCA, Salvation Army, YoFresh Yogurt Café, Cinemark/Century Theatres, and more.

Sponsors also include the worldwide consulting firm of ZS Associates.

Youth are highly encouraged to fill out a Summer Youth Employment Program application in advance, which will expedite the process at the job fair. Applications are available on the city’s website.

To be eligible to attend the job fair, youth must be enrolled in school; be at least 14 years of age when the program begins on June 12, 2017; and live in ZIP codes 60201 or 60202.

Youth ages 17 and 18 years are especially encouraged to attend the job fair, as many opportunities exist for both summer and year-round employment.

Last year, nearly 700 Evanston youth attended the event with more than 600 securing summer or year-round employment, according to the city.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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