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As the State of Illinois begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and moves to the next phase of the “Restore Illinois” plan, Governor Pritzker is committed to safely reopening the economy and moving forward together. Building on pre-pandemic efforts to attract new businesses to Illinois, put people to work on infrastructure and create opportunities for Illinois communities, phase four of the "Restore Illinois" plan calls for the reopening or expansion of several industries, allowing people to return to work. To ensure that Illinois’ at-risk youth population is not being left behind as the state begins to rebuild, the State is making an investment that will begin to ensure Illinois’ at-risk youth, 16-24, have an opportunity to participate in the employment successes of the State. The Illinois Youth Investment Program (IYIP) has been established to empower and support these young people along their path toward successful, long-term and career employment.
Eligible Youth Participants Low income and/or at-risk in-school and out-of-school youth ages 16-24 who can document Illinois residency and are able to provide an I9 prior to employment. Examples of risk factors that will deem a youth qualified for the program include: • Youth residing in a household receiving TANF funds • Youth residing in a household receiving SNAP funds • Youth is eligible for Free/Reduced lunch • Youth living in a single-parent household • Youth experiencing academic difficulties • Youth is in danger of or has been previously held back to repeat one or more academic years • Youth experiencing truancy concerns • Youth is reported to have behavior issues • Youth is reported to be a victim of bullying • Youth is reported to be a perpetrator of bullying • Youth is unsupervised after school • Youth has an IEP (Individual Education Plan) • Youth has witnessed or been a victim of family violence • Youth identifies as LGBTQ • Youth has current or prior school expulsions or suspensions • Youth with siblings who dropped out of school • Youth with siblings who are teen parents • Youth has current or prior justice system involvement • Youth with siblings who are involved in the juvenile justice system • Youth with one or both parents who are incarcerated • Youth with siblings who are gang involved • Youth is reported to be gang – involved • Youth has current or prior DCFS system involvement • Youth is experiencing homelessness • Youth is pregnant • Youth is parenting • Youth has a disability • Youth with no work experience • Youth with a history of employment failureThe following information is provided for Youth on how to apply and for Employers seeking
Youth Job-Readiness Transition to Work
This program is funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Employee Connections will be accepting applications for a Illinois Youth Investment Program. READ MORE
To apply for the IYIP Program, you must follow the steps below. For assistance, please contact our office at (847) 360-7177.
IYIP Recruitment Flyer Youth Referral Guide
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