Job Training

Job Training for Young Moms in Chicago and the Western Suburbs

Like any parent, young moms want to work and provide for their family. Stable, living-wage employment is an essential catalyst for economic mobility from poverty. Our comprehensive, fully paid, 16-week Job Training program blends classroom and on-the-job training at our social enterprise candle company, Bright Endeavors, to create positive environments of learning and employment practice for young moms 18-24 years old.  

photo by Anjali Pinto

Young moms in Job Training are paired with a Supportive Employment Coach for the duration of the training and up to 2 years post-program. In small cohorts of peers, young moms progress through various elements of programming, including classroom-based strengths assessment and career and educational pathway planning, job workshops for résumé writing and practice interviewing, parenting group, hands-on job practice at Bright Endeavors, and, ultimately, job placement.

Young moms and their coaches set and track personal and Bright Endeavors’ production goals daily and celebrate goal achievement individually and together as a team. By the end of their engagement in Job Training, young moms feel more confident in their skills, their educational and employment opportunities, and the steps to take to achieve their goals.

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is a non-profit agency created by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.  The Partnership administers federal and private funding to a network of more than 50 delegate agencies, including 10 American Job Centers.  In collaboration with The Partnership, these agencies promote comprehensive workforce development initiatives addressing the training and career placement needs of job-seekers and businesses and economic growth throughout Chicago and Cook County.  

Employer Partners

New Moms employer partners are companies that partner with our Job Training program to employ recent New Moms’ graduates. Thank you to the wonderful businesses who support New Moms participants, as well as working to further the well-being of their communities! Interested in becoming an employer partner? Click here or below to find out how.

New Moms (Chicago)
5317 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651



New Moms (Western Suburbs)
206 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

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