Workforce Development

Our Workforce Development program provides job training and placement and fosters hiring partnerships with local employers.


Chicago youth and young adults ages 14-24


GED | Job training & placement | Mentoring | Record expungement

Feed Your Future

Not in school? Have a record? No problem.

Looking for a job? Individuals 16-24 years old are eligible for our workforce development programs to develop the skills necessary to thrive in the job market. From getting your GED to record expungement to job training and licensures, we have a program that will get you making money.

We have job placement programs including:

MY TIME – Paid Career Readiness Training

Our MY TIME (Mentoring Youth to Inspire Meaningful Employment) program teaches the skills to get you 100% job ready. Earn $100 to complete career readiness training and begin your job search with our trained employment mentors.

Want more information on program eligibility and benefits? Download our MY TIME flyer.

HOPES – Hospitality and Food Service Industries

If you have prior justice involvement, Hospitality Opportunities for People (Re)Entering Society (HOPES) through Lawrence Hall helps you gain industry-specific skills, explore career options, and address long-term employment barriers.

Want more information on program eligibility and benefits? Download our HOPES brochure.

Are you a hospitality/food service employer interested in hiring HOPES youth? Download our HOPES employer brochure.

IYIP – Apprenticeships and Service Careers

The Illinois Youth Investment Program (IYIP) is a comprehensive career readiness program that unpacks the employment process from job search to paycheck. Receive one-on-one career guidance, paid training, and support services as you explore and choose your career path.

Want more information on program eligibility and benefits? Download our IYIP brochure.

Are you an employer interested in hiring IYIP youth? Download our IYIP employer brochure.

WIOA – License-based Professions

Earn your GED, get licensed in a specialized field such as truck driving or medical assisting, and do it all for free as part of Lawrence Hall and Cook County Workforce Partnership’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program.

Already have a high school diploma? WIOA has something for you, too. Begin your training and employment mentoring right away and explore your career possibilities.

Want more information on program eligibility and benefits? Download our WIOA brochure.

Are you an employer interested in hiring WIOA youth? Download our WIOA employer brochure.

One Summer Chicago/Chicagobility/SYEP/Chicago Youth Service Corps

Make your summer break count with One Summer Chicago (OSC), Chicagobility, Summer Youth Employment (SYEP), or Chicago Youth Service Corps summer employment and internships.

Created for youth and young adults ages 14-24, these city-run programs help youth learn financial and computer literacy, explore career tracks in a variety of sectors, and complete hands-on projects that positively impact their communities.

Angelo had a little different fire inside him. I think showing him something different than what he was used to in Chicago—it clicked, and he said, ‘I’m going to move to Gary.’ And he got that job, and he moved to Gary.

Deirdra Flowers

HOPES case manager

Partner employers

Top, trained talent ready to work for you

Are you an employer? Invest in our communities’ futures by helping provide jobs and career mentoring to our youth. From new hire wage subsidies to tax credits and federal bonding, we can create a partnership that works for your business’ needs.

Fill out our interest form below, and a member of our workforce development team will reach out to discuss our partnership opportunities.

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