Youth employment assistance providers urged to apply for state grant

The Illinois Youth Investment Program is extending its grant application deadline to Aug. 3.

The program, administered by the Department of Human Services, supports at-risk youth who are seeking long-term, career employment. Providers interested in serving young people in their area can apply for grants online at DHS’ website.

Grants are awarded to providers who can assist at-risk youth with short-term, long-term and industry-specific career development opportunities. In addition to employment support, IYIP also provides participants with support services for their physical, emotional, social and mental health needs. Questions about IYIP and other DHS grants can be answered online or by calling (800) 843-6154.

“The most vulnerable among us can rise to achieve so much if we make them a priority,” said state Sen. Celina Villanueva, D-Chicago. “Programs like IYIP aren’t just about meeting someone’s basic needs, it develops untapped skills in people to help them achieve success independently.”

Young people face high rates of unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, she said.

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