Career Launch, administered by the Justice Advisory Council, is a new opportunity youth employment program available to young people ages 16 to 24 who are disengaged from work or school. The program is open to residents of Austin, Back of the Yards, and South Shore, as well as the South Suburbs of Cook County.

Career Launch provides job readiness and career exploration, job retention support, job placement, and wraparound services, as well as offering sector specific training in several growing fields, including healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing. All training and exploration includes a stipend, and specific programs within Career Launch last from six weeks to three months.

In this first year of the program, we are enrolling about 200 participants, and hope to grow participation in the coming years. We understand that youth often have involvement with the criminal justice system, and that is in no way a barrier to participation in this program.

Those interested in enrolling in Career Launch can apply online here. The application period is open now.

Feel free to download a summary of the program in the “Download” section of this page, and share widely. If you have any questions about Career Launch, feel free to contact Rebecca Janowitz at the Justice Advisory Council at Rebecca.Janowitz@cookcountyil.gov or 312-603-1134.