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Youth Job Center gets software upgrade grant

The Youth Job Center of Evanston has received a $25,000 grant from the Hewitt Associates Foundation to fund its new client management system.

The grant, titled “Workforce Development through Training and Technology,” will enable the YJC to more accurately track clients’ progress in order to better meet the long-term goals of the individuals and the organization.

The Youth Job Center of Evanston has received a $25,000 grant from the Hewitt Associates Foundation to fund its new client management system.

The grant, titled “Workforce Development through Training and Technology,” will enable the YJC to more accurately track clients’ progress in order to better meet the long-term goals of the individuals and the organization.

Social Solutions supplied the Youth Job Center with its “Efforts to Outcomes” (ETO) client management software, which determines which of an organization’s efforts are most effective in accomplishing its overall goals.

The Philadelphia-based software company specializes in providing tracking software for not-for-profit organizations. The system will help the YJC ensure that the youth it serves are job-ready and equipped with the hard and soft skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.

With the job market constantly changing, staff at the YJC appreciate the opportunity to better craft their programs by using the expansive reports and data offered by ETO.

“Like our previous system, ETO will provide quantitative data; the part we are really excited about is how it goes a step further to collect data that allows us to examine the services we provide,” said YJC job coach Melissa Schultz. “We’ll be able to see where improvements are needed, as well as what is being done efficiently, so its future impact will be immense. So far the transition has been very smooth, and the staff has really embraced the new system.”

Hewitt, a human resources consulting firm, has been a YJC partner since 1999. The company has provided grants, as well as volunteers for the YJC’s Learn to Earn Workshop at Evanston Township High School held each spring and the YJC’s annual benefit in the spring.

“In these uncertain times, the role the YJC plays in preparing our young people to be successful in the job market is more important than ever,” said Bridget Guerin, manager of community relations at Hewitt Associates. “We are delighted to partner with them in their work, and wish them continued success in the years to come.”

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