Tap In Leadership Academy launched the Youth Employment Services (YES) in the summer of 2011, previously known as Mission Possible: Y.E.S. This program was designed to serve 10-18 year olds through career readiness training and part-time job placements over the summer. In the fall of 2016, Tap In expanded its services to include Chicago.
YES! Chicago provides youth ages 16-24 with educational enhancement opportunities; full- and part-time job placements; and case management services to include life skills, counseling, and work readiness for both in-school and out-of-school youth. Eligible youth are placed in age-, ability-, and experience-appropriate employment linked to one of 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters.
FAQ’s for YES! Chicago
How do I register for YES! Chicago?
Please contact our YES! Chicago Office to register. We can be reached at (312) 722-6808 or email Kelly at Kelly@tapinacademy.org.
Will I have to pay anything to register?
No, YES! Chicago is free of charge to all Clients!
What neighborhoods does YES! Chicago serve?
YES! Chicago serves Cook County, with an emphasis on Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, South Lawndale, and West Garfield Park.
Do I need to have a car?
No, our Employment Specialists will place you in a position that is a good fit for you based on your skills, interests, and your mode of transportation, whether that be the CTA buses, the L, or a car.
What is the time commitment?
Yes, all Clients must be willing to take on a part-time position if they are in-school at the moment, or a full-time position if they are out-of-school. Clients will also attend weekly workshops and trainings on topics like conflict resolution, understanding workplace expectations, financial literacy, time management, and many more!
What type of job placements are available?
YES! Chicago places its Clients in part- and full-time positions within the following sectors:
- Agricultural, Food, & Natural Resources
- Architecture & Construction
- Audio/Video Technology & Communications
- Business Management & Administration
- Education & Training
- Government & Public Administration
- Health Science
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security
- Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
- Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
Where will my job placement be?
Our Employment Specialists will work with you to ensure that your placement is easily accessible. Placements will be throughout Cook County, and will be based on your skills, interests, and your mode of transportation.
Will I get paid in my position?
Yes, all Clients will be placed in positions, where they will be paid hourly.
When can I start?
Please be prepared to start training for your position within a week of registering for YES! Chicago, and start your position within two to three weeks.
Do parents/guardians have a commitment to the program?
No, but we do offer classes and workshops specifically for the parents/guardians of our Clients. These include financial literacy classes, tech time workshops, and more!
Want to get in contact with us?
332 S. Michigan Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60604
Are you already a YES! Chicago Client?
YES! Chicago is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Community Youth Employment Program grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services.