Community Youth Employment Program (CYEP)
The Community Youth Employment Program (CYEP) is a year round grant opportunity that provides education and on-the-job training opportunities to transition youth ages 16-24 into unsubsidized employment. In an effort to foster healthy, safe, well-educated, and self-sufficient transition-age youth in Illinois, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is funding this year round program to provide eligible youth with educational enhancement opportunities, full and part-time job placements, and case management services to include life skills, counseling and work readiness for both in-school and out-of-school.
The following information is provided for Youth on how to apply and for Employers seeking to participate in this program.
Youth Job-Readiness Transition to Work
FOR YOUTH • How to Apply
This program is funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Program June 1, 2018 – July 1, 2019 • Starting June 1, 2018, Employee Connections will be accepting applications for a Community Youth Employment Program. READ MORE
To apply for the CYEP, you must first have an Illinois workNet account. Click HERE to register for an Illinois workNet account. For assistance, contact us our office at (847) 360-7177.
You can also apply directly online at your designated location by going to:
FOR EMPLOYERS • How to Register To Become An Employer Worksite
Youth Referral Guide
Potential to earn a $235 Weekly Stipend and More:
• Eligible youth will experience exceptional on-the-job training.
• Eligible youth will receive an hourly wage stipend starting at $7.75 with fringe benefits.
• 30-hour work week
• Work a maximum of 13 weeks
• Get up to a $40 work clothes voucher
• Up to a $200 Childcare voucher available
• Opportunities to transition to a part-time or full-time unsubsidized job
• Transportation vouchers (where applicable)
Have a chance to get a $1,000 scholarship paid to an accredited post-secondary college or trade school of your choice.
When to Apply:
Program Enrollment Dates:
• Winter Session - June 1 - December 31, 2018
• Spring/Summer Session - January 1 – February 28, 2019
Where to Apply:
1) Come in and apply online at Employee Connections. A Case Manager will assist you in the process.
2504 Washington Street • Suite 602
Waukegan, IL 60085
Days and Times:
Onsite Online Applications - Monday through Thursday
10:00am – 2:00pm
June 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
January 1 – February 28, 2019
If you are an employer in Lake County, Illinois, and would like to participate in our program as a worksite, you must first complete an online Employer Worksite Agreement. To access and complete an employer worksite agreement, click here.
Download and complete the agreement and email a signed PDF of the agreement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible employers, those who meet the employer worksite qualifications for this program, will be notified of the approval status to participate in the program. Please note: All participating employers must agree to a site visit. Site visits and background checks of employer’s staff working with youth are required prior to placing a youth at your facility.