The 100,000 Opportunity Fair & Forum Offers Jobs for Chicago Youth
The first Opportunity Fair & Forum organized by the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, the largest event held with the goal to employ at least 100,000 young Americans of 16-24 years old who are out of school and work took place in Chicago. Due to the united efforts of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, over 40 local organizations, and about a dozen philanthropic foundations, 600 job offers were made right on the spot by over 30 prominent companies. And this is only the beginning as during the next several month thousands of young people will be hired and at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth will get jobs over the next three years as a result of this nationwide hiring initiative.
Personnel managers from over 30 leading companies including Nordstrom, Abbott, Chipotle Mexican Grill, CVS Health, Cintas, Domino’s, FedEx, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, LBP Manufacturing, Lyft, Manpower, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, Pizza Hut, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Prudential, Red Robin, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Uniqlo, Walgreens, and Walmart spent the whole day interviewing the applicants. Young people could get immediate advice and feedback on their resumes, write job applications and have interviews with hiring managers. During the break, youth also had the chance to listen to inspirational prominent speakers and participate in professional development workshops. All these initiatives will help young people get a better start in life as employed teens have bigger chances to enter and graduate from college and their earning potential is much higher than of those who did not work as teens. A great first job can open incredible opportunities for a young person.
A number of leaders from the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative participated in the event, including Nordstrom President Jamie Nordstrom, JCPenney CEO Marvin Ellison, HMSHost CEO Steve Johnson, Porch.com CEO Matt Ehrlichman, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol, Rockefeller Foundation CEO Judith Rodin, MacArthur Foundation president Julia Stasch, Kellogg Foundation CEO La June Montgomery Tabron, Schultz Family Foundation Executive Director Daniel Pitasky, and Aspen Institute Chair Melody Barnes. The primary media partners for the event included CBS, Essence, and USA TODAY.
Such events are equally important for employers as well. As about six million young Americans remain unemployed, companies need the leadership and creativity potential of the private sector to create great opportunities for all.
The Opportunity Fair & Forum not only offered the job fair of such a great scope, but also featured the Inspirational Forum in the afternoon hosted by Academy and Grammy Award winning artist and actor Common. The inspirational event also featured Usher, U.S. Army Master Sergeant Cedric King, will.i.am., and T.I., as well as performances by the Chicago Bulls Bucket Boys, Lil Durk and Silentó.
More Opportunity Fairs & Forums are planned to be organized in the future. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative fruitfully collaborates with a number of community-based organizations and civic leaders across America to help young people develop skills necessary for getting the jobs they want and need. Even after the close of the Opportunity Fair & Forum in Chicago, similar employer-led events are scheduled to be held throughout the country.
One of the companies actively involved in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is Nordstrom, a famous fashion retailer that has been offering the brand name apparel, footwear and accessories for over 100 years having earned love and trust of several generations of customers. Many loyal Nordstrom customers appreciate the huge selection of the trendy clothing provided at the reasonable prices. Moreover, the cost of the item purchased can be even lower when Nordstrom Coupons are applied with the order.
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