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CJC moves people out of poverty through employment using on-the-ground expertise, advocacy, and capacity-building.

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“Step Into Your Future” Career Exploration for Young Men: March 16March 10, 2017
On March 16, 2017, a group of leaders from North Lawndale Employment Network, Youth Guidance, Chicago Center for Arts and Tech, OAI, Inc., and LeadersUp are co-hosting Step Into Your Future, a citywide career exploration event for young men of color ages 18-29. The vision is that these men, regardless of where they live in the city, should have the access, inspiration, and support needed to be successful in their career path. (more…)
Important Survey: Driver’s License SuspensionJanuary 11, 2017
UPDATE: Deadline extended to 2/3. Across Illinois, fines, fees, and other legal penalties often get in the way of opportunity and success in our communities. Driver’s license suspension is part of this system, and we know that many workforce organizations work with populations that struggle because of suspended licenses. We need your help to fight for change. (more…)
CJC Podcast Covers Questions Around SNAPDecember 16, 2016
Our second episode of Getting to Work looks at the troubling idea of block granting SNAP out to the states, explains why it matters that SNAP is countercyclical, and helps make sense of Illinois' ABAWD waiver! Listen here, or click here on a mobile device to subscribe with your podcast app. (more…)