Workforce Development Working Group

We use our bi-monthly workforce development Working Group meetings as a forum to discuss policy and program issues related to creating enhanced employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers and working poor families. The group identifies opportunities to reform public policies and improve local workforce development programs. Each meeting we have a varied agenda and frequently invite workforce providers and public policy advocates to present. Whether you are interested in opportunities to engage in advocacy, or would like to learn more about effective employment and training programs, the Working Group can serve as a useful resource.

To review handouts from all past meetings, click here.


Annually, more than 100 community-based advocates and providers participate in our Workforce Development Working Group. You can attend the meeting as a CJC member or other community stakeholder committed to ensuring access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people in poverty.

Upcoming Meeting

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 8:30 – 11:00am
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
320 N. Damen Ave. – Chicago
(Free limited street parking nearby)

Free, but advance registration required. Click here to register


Tell Your Budget Story
Discussion and Flash Advocacy facilitated by CJC

How are you and your job seekers suffering because Illinois leaders have still failed to pass a budget? Join this Budget Action session with fellow workforce providers to share your experiences. CJC will collect and use these stories in advocacy efforts. This session is an opportunity for you to speak out as the experts on what you witness every day in the field.

What’s the Latest with Youth Employment Services in Chicago? 

Come hear from LeadersUp about their efforts to engage businesses to connect opportunity youth to good jobs and career pathways. Learn how your organization and the young people you’re serving can partner with LeadersUp.

Note: CMAP Regional Planning Workshop, announced in the previous Working Group email, will join us for our June meeting. 


Please bring information that you would like to share with Working Group participants. We will have a table for handouts and an opportunity for brief announcements at the end of the meeting.

We welcome your valuable perspective and participation and look forward to seeing you. New participants are always welcome!

During Working Group’s off months, CJC’s Frontline Focus Training Institute will hold its bi-monthly Frontline Workforce Association (FWA) meetings at the same time and location. These meetings are also free and open to all who are interested!

Past Meetings

Review handouts from all past meetings.



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