ENGLEWOOD — Adult ex-offenders on probation will learn several job searching techniques at a summer program funded by Cook County and the city of Chicago.
The seven-week One Summer Chicago Plus program begins June 30 for 80 young adults between 18 and 23 years old, who were referred to the program by a probation officer. The nonprofit Teamwork Englewood is hosting the program at its office, 815 W. 63rd St., and is co-sponsoring it with the nonprofit Children's Home + Aid.
Jassen Strokosch, a spokesman for children's home, said it hopes to make the summer program an annual one.
"It is our goal to have every participant employed this summer," he said. "Research has shown that when ex-offenders are employed, it keeps them from going back to the same situation that got them in trouble."
Strokosch added that it has partnerships with several businesses in Englewood and hopes to match participants with them.
"Our business partners have agreed to consider [participants] for employment opportunities in order that they may gain work experience," Strokosch said.
Among the things participants will learn include: creating a resume; writing cover letters and thank you letters to prospective employers; how to dress for an interview; and different job searching techniques.
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