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Cityspan Helps Launch Chicago 100k Opportunities Initiative

Cityspan helped Chicago kick off its 100,000 Opportunities Initiative last month by hosting the initiative’s website and providing an online application portal to connect youth with potential employers. 100,000 Opportunities is a national initiative supported by a coalition of companies, funders and social service agencies that are determined to remove employment barriers and provide 100,000 employment opportunities to America’s youth by 2018. America’s 5.6 million “opportunity youth” are defined as youth ages 16-24 that are out of school and unemployed.

The Initiative launched with Chicago’s Opportunity Fair and Forum on August 13th, which provided more than 4,000 youth the opportunity to attend workshops, interview, and in some cases receive a job offer from companies like Starbucks, Target, Chipotle and Microsoft. Cityspan’s online application system was leveraged to connect youth to employment workshops held in advance of the Forum. Real-time dashboard data was provided to help the City analyze applicant information, target marketing for the event, and track their goals. Collectively, Chicago’s launch of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative provided more than 600 jobs to Chicago youth and prepared many more to successfully enter the workforce.

See more at: 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Launches in Chicago 

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