Youth Success


This youth came to Maine Township District 207’s JumpStart Youth Employment Program as a 17 year old high school senior, new to the school district. She had never had formal work experience, but needed to find a job soon.
Long term, she expressed interest in becoming an EMT paramedic, but knew it would be difficult to start there with no work experience. A couple of weeks later, she turned 18 years old, she was able to begin a JumpStart Paid Work Experience at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s Transportation Department. In this department, she would learn how to transport patients to and from their rooms, appointments, and to the discharge lobby.  She also learned how to check specimens in and out of the G.I. lab.
At the end of her Paid Work Experience, she was offered a permanent unsubsidized position with the
Transportation Department at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She has maintained employment and plans to remain there post graduation. She plans to attend Oakton Community College’s Fire Science Program taking classes
towards a Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate. With the help of JumpStart, she is on a successful path towards becoming an EMT! 

A District 207 youth was referred to JumpStart to help him develop his work readiness skills and secure his first job. JumpStart provided this student with a Paid Work Experience in Building Services at Maine East High School. During this time, the student developed leadership skills and gained valuable work experience. JumpStart assisted the student with support services during his PWE, including a work uniform and supplies, and a background check required for employment in the school district. The skills he gained at this Paid Work Experience eventually helped him secure an unsubsidized, full-time position as an Environmental Services Technician at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is enjoying his new responsibilities at work and we wish him continued success!

A 19 year old mother of two was provided with assistance in researching a medical assistant programs where she could attend school, participate in an internship and have flexibility to care for her children. She found a good program, but soon realized that financial aid was not accepted at the school and the cost of the program was much more than expected. JumpStart was able to provide financial academic support,  which allowed her to enroll in the medical assistant program.

While receiving guidance in balancing school life and caring for her two children, she was soon able to start an internship at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She completed the academic program shortly after and was recently hired at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital working as a Medical Assistant in their neurology unit.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital


  • Advocate has sponsored almost 200 JumpStart Paid Work Experiences since 2010 

  • More than half of these JumpStart youth have been hired into permanent Advocate positions