Our participants face multiple barriers to success in retaining stable employment. 100% have grown up in extreme poverty—dependent on government assistance or with no income at all. Many face literacy barriers and have on average have a 4th grade reading level and few have witnessed relatives working for a living.

New Moms’ Academy equips adolescent parents with the job training skills they need in order to obtain and retain quality, permanent employment.  Our best practices program starts with intensive classroom training and then moves to a real world experience on a manufacturing floor at our social enterprise, Bright Endeavors. Our highly skilled staff focus on helping participants plan out a career path, learn how to interview well and manage potential challenges at a job, and develop financial literacy skills to manage their money after they have obtained employment.  New Moms empowers our participants towards economic independence.

After completing an intensive 5 weeks in the classroom, participants complete 8-week paid transitional jobs at our social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, where they put into practice the employment skills learned in the classroom while manufacturing  and marketing premium soy candle and bath products in a small-business setting.  By working in the light manufacturing industry they learn about inventory, sales, and customer service, gaining skills they can apply in future employment.

Throughout the 13 week training program participants are enrolled in Job Club where they work closely with their employment coach to search and secure permanent employment, complete mock interviews, and update resumes.  Our Job Club offers support and ongoing skill refinement during their first employment search and beyond.  Our employment coaches are available when a participant wants to return after completion of our program, is looking for new employment or needs support in their current job as well.

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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.