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Teen Opportunity Fairs will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Teen Opportunity Fairs will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Photo: Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District invites teens from across Chicago to attend its 5th annual Teen Opportunity Fair series.

The three fairs will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Malcolm X College on January 31, Truman College on February 15, and Kennedy King College on March 14.

“The Chicago Park District is committed to providing teens with the structure and access to resources that they need during their formative years to go on to build strong futures,” said Chicago Park District Superintendent & CEO Michael P. Kelly. “These fairs are meant to prepare teens to apply for opportunities available to them, and bring them one step closer to achieving their goals after they graduate.”

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 volunteer opportunities and skill development offerings will find ample options during the fair.

Break-out sessions and keynote speakers at each of the teen-orientated fairs will connect teens with experts working in various industries and provide valuable insight into leadership development as well as preparing for a future in technology, music, engineering, and civic engagement sectors.

Teens may participate in mock interviews, acquire information from college advisors, and receive key resume writing tips. This year’s keynote speaker, at the January 31 and March 14 teen events, is Jahmal Cole. The CEO and Founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, will speak to attendees about the opportunities available to youth beyond their neighborhood.

Some representatives and organizations attending the Teen Opportunity Fairs include:

  • ALL STARS
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo
  • Chicago Park District - Community Sports
  • Economic Awareness Council
  • Elite Ambulance Service
  • Forest Preserve
  • Genious Labs
  • Music Forward Foundation / House of Blues
  • Superior Ambulance
  • UCAN
  • Wendella

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 can sit in on resume building and interview tips workshops, among others.

Teen Opportunity Fairs will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on:

  • Friday, Jan. 31st at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
  • Saturday, Feb 15th at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.
  • Saturday, March 14th at Kennedy King College, 740 W. 63rd St.

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 www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/teens-parks.

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, junior laborer and/or summer recreational leader. Lifeguard applications are being accepted now and interested applicants may register for upcoming American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes as well. For more information, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/lifeguards.

Additional available job opportunities are available at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/jobs. For more information on the three Teen Opportunity Fairs, please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/teen-opportunity-fairs.