Our Mission

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

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March With UsMay 10, 2017
What are we for? What do you want for our state? It's easy and tempting to focus only on what we're against. We're against cuts. We're against not having a budget. But even before the current crisis, people across Illinois were suffering. Resisting harm is not enough. We must also envision and plan for the future we want. That's why CJC is joining the 200 mile March to Springfield for a People and Planet First Budget. Along the way, marchers from diverse communities and organizations will have open meetings with regular people about what we want for our state, and how we can overcome what divides us. (more…)
CJC’s 36th Annual Celebration is June 9May 1, 2017
Registration is now open for our 36th Annual Meeting Celebration, "Ideas and Action From the Community, For the Community." Register before May 22 for our special early bird rate of $35! Program details coming soon. We can't wait to see you June 9th, 2017. Click here for registration and program details (forthcoming). Special thanks to our sponsors: Winzeler Gear, LeadersUp, Net-Telligence Group, Central States SER, and National Able Network, Inc. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Megan Winzeler at megan@cjc.net for more information.
“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…)