What is the Obama Youth Jobs Corps junior-year program?
The Obama Youth Jobs Corps (OYJC) is a joint initiative of the Obama Foundation and Urban Alliance to prepare young people on Chicago's South Side for lifelong economic self-sufficiency. OYJC offers weekly professional development training and increased exposure to the professional world to high school juniors. Workshop topics include: professional communication, networking, civic engagement, showing initiative, and interviewing skills.
Am I eligible to apply?
OYJC's program is open to high school juniors at Hyde Park Academy High School, Kenwood Academy High School, and Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy who meet all of the following criteria: 1) have at least a 2.0 GPA and a strong attendance record, 2) are on track to graduate on time, and 3) are able to commit to attending training sessions two days per week for a total of three hours per week. Exceptions or modified student schedules will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will require Urban Alliance's approval.
Will I be paid to participate in the program?
Yes, all participants will be paid for workshop participation. In addition, any youth who successfully complete the program will receive a completion bonus.