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Registration is open for Teen Opportunity Fairs.
Registration is open for Teen Opportunity Fairs.
Photo: Chicago Park District

Three fairs to be held at colleges across the city, starting March 5 

The Chicago Park District invites teens from across Chicago to attend its annual Teen Opportunity Fair series, which first launched in 2016. The three fairs will take place at Truman College on March 5th, Malcolm X College on March 12th, and Kennedy King College on March 19th. 

The Chicago Park District’s Teen Opportunity Fairs are free for all teens between 13-19 years old. All teens attending the opportunity fairs will have access to information about job readiness and connect with organizations in attendance to receive feedback and critique. Teens seeking employment and volunteer opportunities as well as skill development offerings will find ample options during the fair.  

“We’re excited to return to hosting teens in-person for what we expect to be a series of educational and networking opportunities where attendees will walk away with a sense of accomplishment after making valuable connections with local organizations and businesses, and accessing pertinent resources,” said Chicago Park District Interim Superintendent & CEO Rosa Escareño. “Through this series, the Park District and City Colleges of Chicago aim to act as a conduit between students and a variety of paths to a successful future.”

Some representatives and organizations attending the Teen Opportunity Fairs include: 

 

  • Economic Awareness Council
  • Mental Health Meets Hip-Hop LLC
  • Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps
  • Arts+Public Life
  • City Colleges
  • Chicago Park District 
  • Chicago Public Library
  • TPAN
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Superior Ambulance
  • Wendella Boats
  • Chicago Police 20th District
  • American Foundation for Suicide
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Field Museum
  • City Key
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Howard Brown/Broadway Youth Center

*These vendors vary by location and more may be added.

The Chicago Park District launched the Teen Opportunity Fair series in 2016 to educate Chicago teens on opportunities, such as internships, jobs or after school learning. Organizations typically fall into three categories: Recreation, Educational/Vocational and Job Readiness. Each organization attending the fair will provide information about their specific field and how teens can take advantage of the opportunities they provide. Along with visiting representatives of organizations, teens learn about the educational programs and services available to them.  

Teen Opportunity Fairs will take place on: 

  • Saturday, March 5th at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 12th at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Two sessions: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 19th at Kennedy King College, 740 W. 63rd St./ U Building, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Highlights include: 

  • The Chicago City Clerk’s Office will be on hand at the March 5th event offering youth ages 16 and under the opportunity to acquire an identification card through its City Key services.   
  • Free COVID-19 vaccines will be available for attendees, with parental consent, at all of the fairs. 
  • For those not able to attend the series in-person, on-demand, virtual workshops focused on job and college opportunities, balancing education and extracurricular activities and interviewing techniques will be available on March 19th on the Chicago Park District’s YouTube page
  • In-person workshops at the March 12th event include, “Coping and Destigmatizing Mental Health,” “Job Readiness” and “Meet the Mentors.”
  • The Chicago Park District will be actively seeking teens to fill summer job positions and providing details about our Wellness, Special Recreation, Athletics and Gymnastics programs.  

Pre-registration is highly recommended to assist with social distancing and available at chicagoparkdistrict.com/teen-opportunity-fairs. Walk-ins are welcome. 

The Chicago Park District offers a variety of programming aimed at teen audiences in parks across the city. Teens are encouraged to participate in Leadership Councils and culture & arts, fitness and sports programming. Registration for these programs is ongoing and available at chicagoparkdistrict.com/tip.

Careers opportunities for teens with the Chicago Park District are also available. Teens can start gaining experience in the workforce with a job as a lifeguard and/or summer recreational leader. These applications are being accepted now.  Find details at chicagoparkdistrict.com/lifeguards. Additional available job opportunities are available at chicagoparkdistrict.com/jobs.

For more information on the three Teen Opportunity Fairs, please visit chicagoparkdistrict.com/tip.

Teens are encouraged to follow the Chicago Park District’s dedicated Instagram page- search “Chiteensinthepark” or click here for up-to-date information about events, activities and program opportunities catered for teens at parks citywide. 

Please note that these events are being hosted at City Colleges of Chicago, which will continue to require that all individuals wear a face mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, when entering and exiting, in all public common areas, such as elevators, restrooms, hallways, and classrooms, as well as any time where six feet social distancing is not maintained. City Colleges will maintain a stock of disposable masks at facility entrances for individuals that may have forgotten to bring their own and need one for the day for any reason. For details, visit prepare.ccc.edu