Several years ago, Youth Job Center branched out into Chicago high schools to help students develop post-secondary plans that include a myriad of pathways. By elevating options besides university, the agency hopes to prevent youth from becoming disconnected from work and school in their early adult years. This post-secondary planning curriculum, developed in partnership with Umoja Student Development Corporation, starts in 9th grade with career visioning and exploration and ends in 12th grade with an actionable, viable plan to provide structure for a potentially difficult transition. Executive Director, Karen T. Demorest, discusses this need and Youth Job Center’s solution.

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