2018-19 Obama Youth Jobs Corps (Junior Program)

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Information and Instructions
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. 

Application Instructions
1. Complete the following application in full. You may save your progress and return at any time using the "Save my progress and resume later" option in the upper right-hand corner.
2. In order for your application to be fully processed, we must receive both your Counselor Eligibility Form and Parent/Guardian Approval Release Form. These forms can be downloaded here by clicking on the hyperlinks or at the end of this application.
3. Once the counselor and parent/guardian forms are completed, please return them to your counselor.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
For questions or assistance completing the application, please contact Jeremy Ly (jly@theurbanalliance.org), Urban Alliance Program Director, or Deldric Henderson (dhenderson@theurbanalliance.org), Program Manager, at 312-496-3300. For more information about Urban Alliance, please visit our website at www.theurbanalliance.org

If you have any technical problems with the online application, please email Susan Andrzejewski (sandrzejewski@theurbanalliance.org). 

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Submit Your Application and Forms

After you submit your application below, you still need to submit both the Counselor Recommendation Form and the Parent Approval & Release Form. Please turn completed forms to the counselor's office. 

Click below to download the two forms: 

Please click SUBMIT below to complete this portion of the application.



Can I save my application and come back?
If you want to save your application and complete it at a later time, then use the "Save my progress and resume later" option in the upper right-hand corner. 

Who can I contact if I have questions? 
For questions or assistance completing the application, please call Jeremy Ly (jly@theurbanalliance.org), Urban Alliance Program Director, or Deldric Henderson (dhenderson@theurbanalliance.org), Program Manager at 312-496-3300. For more information about Urban Alliance, please visit our website at www.theurbanalliance.org. 

If you have any technical problems with the online application, please email Susan Andrzejewski (sandrzejewski@theurbanalliance.org).