The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities’ Youth Employment Programs are aimed at proactively combating the high unemployment rate of working-age Chicagoans with disabilities, which is approximately 65 percent, according recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics.
Together with public and private sector partners, MOPD seeks to overcome this statistic by giving students with disabilities the tools they need to gain future employment through a three-prong approach to career exploration, career development and paid summer internships.
This year-long program encourages students to make the connection between Disability Mentoring Day, Job Shadow Week and One Summer Chicago. MOPD’s Youth Employment Programming follows the school year calendar, beginning at the start of the year with student recruitment and continues throughout the year, concluding with paid internships during the summer months.
With your help, we can overcome the staggering unemployment statistics among the disability community by giving students with disabilities the tools they need to gain future employment through career development and exploration, job shadowing and internship opportunities.
To get involved, please click on the link on right-hand side of this page or contact MOPD at 311 (voice/TTY) or email Joe.Albritton@cityofchicago.org.