©2019 by JumpStart Youth Employment Program - Maine Township D207

JumpStart Youth Employment Program


2601 Dempster St
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Youth Success

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital


  • Advocate has sponsored over 100 JumpStart Paid Work Experiences since 2010 


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

A District 207 youth was referred to JumpStart as she was unable to fulfill her graduation requirements because of a family situation. JumpStart provided this student with financial and tutoring assistance so that she could attend evening school classes to complete the requirements for her high school diploma. After she graduated from high school in December. JumpStart provided tuition assistance and helped this student enroll in a Certified Nursing Assistant program to help her reach her goal of working in the healthcare industry. Since then, she successfully completed the CNA program and is currently enjoying her employment as a CNA at a local retirement home.

A District 207 youth dropped out of high school during his senior year to work and take care of his family. A year later, he was ready to go back and finish school.  He was referred to JumpStart for support. JumpStart provided financial and tutoring assistance so he could participate in the night school program and also complete online coursework. In December, while working full-time, he finished the rest of his high school requirements and received his diploma. In the future, he hopes pursue a technology degree at the local community college.

A District 207 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.