Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program

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The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) began in 1992, and for more than twenty years has provided skills and workforce opportunities year-round for thousands of Evanston at-risk youth ages 14-18. As a workforce development and non-law enforcement crime prevention initiative, the MSYEP emphasizes real-world labor expectations, increases the awareness of services offered by local community based organizations, and provides opportunities for career instruction, financial literacy training, occupational skills training, and social-emotional growth.

The program gives participating youth up to nine weeks of entry level work experience in a variety of jobs and industries through community based organizations, city government departments, and private sector businesses. To participate in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, a youth must be: an Evanston resident (reside in zip codes 60201 or 60202*), be currently enrolled in school, be between the ages of 14-18** and must attend the MSYEP Job Fair on March 28, 2020.

*Evanston students who are not eligible to participate in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program should contact the Youth and Young Adult Division at

** For program eligibility, students must be 14 by program start date in June 2020. 

Students: Register Now

Select register now to submit your registration to attend and interview at the March 3rd job fair. Youth are highly
encouraged to apply online in advance to expedite their process at the job fair.

 Job Fair Flyer 2020 (1)

The 2020 Job Fair will be held on
Saturday, March 28 
8am - 12:30pm 
Evanston Township High School, 
1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston 
Doors close at noon. 

Participation in the March 28 job fair is mandatory for those interested in employment eligibility with the City and affiliated organizations through MSYEP. 

Increase your chances of being hired and get an opportunity to jump the line at the job fair!

Get a jump on the competition and prepare for the upcoming Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program Job Fair by completing one of the three offered workshops, registration is being accepted:

Pre-Fair Job Readiness Workshops
Evanston Township High School (1600 Dodge Ave.)

Wednesday, March 11,  4-6pm West Cafeteria
Wednesday, March 18,  4-6pm West Cafeteria
Saturday, March 21, 9am-10:25am South Cafeteria
Saturday, March 21, 10:35am-Noon South Cafeteria

Workshops are open to ALL Evanston Youth 
Workshops will cover resume development, interview skills, and workplace culture and etiquette.


Local businesses are encouraged to participate in this years' program by giving back to the Evanston community by helping an Evanston youth!

Employers interested in participating in this year's program, please submit your request.


Interested in Volunteering at the Job Fair? Click Here!