Thornton Township seeking business leaders for youth jobs program

2013-04-17T00:00:00Z Thornton Township seeking business leaders for youth jobs programFor The Times nwitimes.com
April 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | Thornton Township government is seeking community business leaders to partner with the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative Youth Employment Program.

The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative Youth Employment Program connects businesses and organizations with the next generation of talented and diverse young workers. This program will ensure that more than 2,000 Chicago South Side and south suburban area youth ages 16 to 24 are given the opportunity to work part time at partnering local businesses and organizations for nine weeks during the summer.

The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative Parent Program will employ and empower 1,110 parent leaders within the 24 Neighborhood Recovery Initiative communities to reduce the risk factors that contribute to violence and negativity while promoting protective factors that contribute to family and community stability, well-being and peace.

NRI seeks parents with passion, desire, and enthusiasm for making positive changes within families and communities. All community residents who consider themselves parents are eligible for employment, including teen parents, grandparents, foster parents, and non-custodial fathers. NRI’s nine-week Parent Program is a collaboration of citizens, business, government, schools, and nonprofit organizations that will support parents in raising healthy, positive and productive children. Parent leaders will strengthen their own families and work in teams to advance transformation of their neighborhoods. Business leaders are in a unique position to provide a valuable, cost-free resource to the residents of the community while creating positive pathways for youth.

Thornton Township employs more than 150 youth for its summer lawn care  program and 80 to 100 youth in its summer enrichment program to continue to keep youth out of harm’s way. The program will be launched at the Thornton Township Senior/Youth & Family Services Center in Riverdale. The partnership between community business leaders and HealthCare Consortium of Illinois and Thornton Township government will serve as a means to save at-risk youth from gangs, drugs and social conflict.

Parents, youth and business leaders interested in the summer jobs program can call Dr. J.L. Weems with Thornton Township at (708) 596-6046.

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