Congresswoman Robin Kelly is committed to easing unemployment, most especially among young blacks and she is not just talking the talk, but the Congresswoman is walking the walk. She is cognizant of the inherent disparities in communities of color when it comes to health and employment, the disparity is most acute in the area of employment among the young.
Congresswoman Kelly hosts youth job fairs each spring to provide an opportunity for young people to apply for summer jobs and find resources for future employment and work skill development.
Rep. Kelly said that studies show that young people from communities with high rates of violent crimes are less likely to commit crimes if they are gainfully employed and that young people make better choices when given responsibilities and are exposed to positive influences.
Kelly added, “I believe this Youth Job and Resource Expo will assist young people in my district with employment, job readiness, and career development. Those opportunities, in turn, will contribute to safer streets and personal prosperity.”
Rep. Robin Kelly is once again hosting a Youth Job and Resource Expo for young men and women, between the ages of 15 and 24 on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Thornton Township High School, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey.
“A recent report by the Great Cities Institute confirms that youth joblessness in the Chicago area is at record-breaking levels,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “In the South Cook County region, the joblessness rate is 60 percent for 20 to 24-year-olds. To offer opportunity to youth in all areas of my district, I’ve decided to host my annual Youth Job and Resource Fair in the South Suburbs this year.”
More than 40 companies and agencies will be accepting applications for active job openings, summer internships and apprenticeships. This year’s participants include Chase Bank, Illinois Department of Transportation and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Also participating will be organizations offering a variety of youth services and programs.
Last year, nearly 400 young people from the Chicago area attended Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s annual Youth Job and Resource Fair on Saturday at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, located at 250 E. 111th Street, Chicago. Rep. Robin Kelly was pleased at the turnout back then and the response from employers.
“Our future depends on the investments we make in our young people. That’s why I’m so committed to providing them with the resources they need to succeed,” said Rep. Kelly.
Rep. Kelly is also sponsoring the last of three job readiness training sessions designed to help young people prepare for the hiring event and job interviews. The final session is Tuesday, April 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thornton Township High School, Technical Building, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey.
To pre-register, or to view a list of participating companies, visit reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com.
For more information, call (708) 679-0078 or visit robinkelly.house.gov.