Youth Employment Services

Student interns with disabilities

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities’ Youth Employment Program is aimed at proactively combating the high unemployment rate of working-age individuals with disabilities.

Together with public and private sector partners, MOPD gives students with disabilities the tools they need to gain future employment through  career exploration opportunities and internships.

Our year-long programs include:

  • CPS/MOPD F.A.I.R. Event (Fall)
  • Job Shadow Day (Spring)
  • One Summer Chicago (Summer)


Disability Mentoring Day
Disability Mentoring Day is the first step in the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities' year-long Youth Employment Program.
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Groundhog Job Shadow day (GJSD) is the second step in MOPD’s Youth Employment Program for students with disabilities. GJSD is a national event that is coordinated locally by MOPD and the Chicago Public Schools.
One Summer Chicago
One Summer Chicago (OSC) connects young people to summer jobs, internships and training programs being offered throughout the City. Through OSC, young adults have the opportunity to learn job skills, develop their resumes and explore career interests.

Employers, Volunteers and Presenters Support MOPD's Youth Employment Programs


If you are an employer or business looking to give students with disabilities work experience through job shadowing and/or internships, please contact us at:

312.746.7127 (Voice)

312.746.4964 (TTY)

or email:

312.744.3314 (Fax)