community spotlight: Youth Job Center
Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. Among our grant recipients is the Chicago-area nonprofit Youth Job Center (YJC) of Evanston, IL. Learn more about their local impact from Elizabeth Feiertag, the YJC’s director of development and communications.
What can you tell us about YJC?
YJC has served youth ages 14 to 25 since 1983 and provides personalized support, connections to jobs, training programs and services to ensure that youth and young adults are positioned for success in a job with opportunities for advancement.
What's a recent project that had a significant impact on your community?
We participate in and/or sponsor two job fairs in Evanston. The first, Summer Youth Employment Program run by the city of Evanston with our support on March 3, provided over 1,000 job opportunities for the more than 800 young adults who attended.
What does YJC’s partnership with Target entail?
YJC is a grateful recipient of a New Target Store Grant.. Target will also be participating in one of our Job Fairs, which will have a direct impact on hundreds of young people looking for meaningful and career-advancing employment.
What have you learned about Target and its team members?
We believe in launching careers by meeting the needs of our clients and helping them realize their fullest potential. Target shares these values as demonstrated in its commitment to the community and career development.
What are ways others in the community can help your organization?
Members of the community can aid us in this effort by spreading awareness of the issues of economic inequity that affect our community and telling young people who need our services how we can help them. We ask that anyone who is committed to youth or workforce development to reach out to us. Together we can build a better community, one job at a time.