Rep. Robin Kelly’s Youth Job Fair Draws 400 Youth

MATTESON—(ENEWSPF)-April 13, 2015. 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.

Representatives from more than 40 companies and agencies, including Nike, Walgreens, and the Ashley’s Furniture and Distribution Center, were on hand to accept applications for active job openings and internships. A representative from the Pipe Fitters Training Center was also there to discuss apprenticeships.Nike offered workshops on interview skills, resume writing, and building positive work habits, while organizations and agencies such as Illinois Work Net and UIC Chance Program offered a variety of youth services and programs.

“The purpose of the job fair was to give our youth a running start in securing summer employment. Summer jobs develop work skills and give young people contact with professionals who can serve as role models. The young people attending were eager to work and highly capable. I’m hopeful they were able to find jobs or internship opportunities,” Kelly said.

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.