Youth Success

Youth was referred to JumpStart for support with planning her post secondary education.  She graduated from high school in May and was accepted to Eastern Illinois University. JumpStart provided assistance in securing financial aid and scholarships which almost covered her full tuition.  JumpStart also assisted with some of the gaps in her tuition for each semester. She successfully completed her freshman year of college while working a part time job. Once she graduates college, she hopes to pursue a career in either education or nursing.

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 (PWE) 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 learned about a medical assistant program where she could attend school, participate in an internship, and hopefully gain employment as a medical assistant shortly after. This seemed like a great way for her to start her career path but soon realized that financial aid was not accepted and the cost of the program was much more than expected. JumpStart was able to assist in partial tuition payment for her,  which helped her to be able to enroll in the medical assistant program. By spring time, she started school at Northwest Suburban College. While balancing school life and caring for her two children, she was able to start an internship 4 months later at the local hospital, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She completed the 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 over 120 JumpStart Paid Work Experiences since 2010 

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

JumpStart Youth Employment Program


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