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Three opportunity fairs will be held across the city, starting January 27, 2018, inviting teens to explore opportunities around Chicago and connect with influential people 

The Chicago Park District invites teens from across Chicago to attend its 3rd annual Teen Opportunity Fair series. The three fairs will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Malcolm X College on January 27, Kennedy King College on February 3, and Truman College on February 10.

“Teen Opportunity Fairs are just one of many ways that the Chicago Park District helps more young men and women connect to a successful future,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Teens seize on opportunities that can lead to more than a job or an internship; they serve as launching pads for young people to help start them on a path to career success."
The Chicago Park District’s Teen Opportunity Fairs are free for all teens between 13-19 years old. All teens planning on attending the opportunity fairs are encouraged to bring copies of their resume to present to organizations in attendance or to receive feedback and critique. Some representatives and organizations attending the Teen Opportunity Fairs include: Chicago Bears’ alum Chris Zorich and 1985 Super Bowl Bear Otis Wilson; Cory Thames from the Obama Foundation; Chance the Rapper’s charity, SocialWorks; Lincoln Park Zoo; Museum of Contemporary Art; DePaul University; House of Blues; Soldier Field; WCIU’s The Jam; Nike shoe designer Louis De Guzman and many more. 

“The Chicago Park District is committed to ongoing engagement with the young people of this city” said Park District General Superintendent Michael Kelly. “These fairs are meant to inform teens about their options while in high school and certainly after.”

Mayor Emanuel and 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 2 p.m. on: 

  • Saturday, Jan. 27 at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
  • Saturday, Feb. 3 at Kennedy King College, 740 W. 63rd St. 
  • Saturday, Feb. 10 at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave. 

Efforts like the Teen Opportunity Fairs help to support Learn.Plan.Succeed., a groundbreaking, first in the nation graduation initiative to ensure all CPS students graduate with a post high school plan by 2020. Launching with the CPS class of 2020, LPS will support postsecondary success for students of all levels by ensuring they develop plans for life after graduation with the support of dedicated professionals. In 2016, nearly 60 percent of CPS students graduated with a concrete plan. Chicago Park District, as well as many city agencies, non-profit and higher education groups continue to provide schools with additional support to help all students explore a variety of paths to a successful future.

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