Mayor’s jobs program for teens shows major gains


Summer jobs for Evanston youth increased 56 percent this year over last  in the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (MYSEP), the city reported.

The program, created in 1992, provided employment for 250 youths this year, compared with 160 in 2012.

This year, the city partnered with the Youth Job Center of Evanston and Evanston Township High School to hold a series of job readiness seminars for those who attended the MSYEP job fairs in April.

They also launched a new online registration system to improve the application process for youth interested in working this summer and businesses/organizations interested in serving as MSYEP worksites.

Evanston employers serve as host employers and provide structured job opportunities for teens. In the past, these jobs have included administrative personnel, child care assistants, camp counselors, park aides, library assistants, data entry clerks, and legislative interns, with part-time and full-time options.

“This program enables young people to gain valuable skills, training, and work place values that lead them towards career pathways that benefit Evanston,” said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “I am very grateful for local businesses and non-profits who have participated in this program, showing their commitment as community leaders.”

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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