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Tom Wzorek, 24, was JFY's 2003 Workplace Achiever of the Year. When Tom approached Jobs For Youth; he had just been released from prison after three years, he was homeless, jobless, and had even fewer options to financially or emotionally support his now seven-year-old daughter, Kaylee.

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The mission of Jobs For Youth (JFY) is to help young men and women from low-income families become a part of the economic mainstream; and, in the process, to provide the business community with motivated, job-ready workers. JFY's core program includes pre- employment training, job placement, GED instruction, and supportive services.

Since its founding in 1979, JFY has helped more than 13,000 young people between the ages of 17-24 and made more than 21,000 job placements.

All of JFY's program activities take place at its offices in Chicago's downtown Loop business district, located at 17 North State Street, Sixth Floor. The young people in our program come from neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago and adjacent lower- income suburbs. JFY currently serves more than 1,200 youths annually, and makes over 1,000 job placements with up to 400 employers in a wide variety of fields ranging from health care to retail, hospitality, financial services, security, small businesses, corporate offices, and much more.

Over the years, our work and that of our thousands of volunteers have received considerable recognition, locally and nationally. Highlights include The Chicago Community Trust's James Brown IV Award of Excellence for Outstanding Community Service, five separate State of Illinois Governor's Hometown Awards during the terms of three different Governors, Sara Lee Corporation's Chicago Spirit Award, and the President's Volunteer Action Award, presented by President George H. W. Bush.

At Jobs For Youth, career development is seen as a holistic life-long process. Clients are taught skills that they need to achieve their academic and employment goals and continue on the path to self-sufficiency.

Jobs For Youth is a non-profit organization that provides all services free of charge to young people and employers.



Darlene A. Chaleff
Spacio Spa


Thomas Gimbel
The LaSalle Network


Eric Joss
Joss Equities


Michael A. Thompson
Management And Technology Resources


Carl Chaleff
Spacio Spa


Cameron Bielat


Dorothy Brown
Circuit Court of Cook County


Melanie Brown, M.D.
University of Chicago
Department of Pediatrics

Richard Castellini

Myron M. Cherry
Myron M. Cherry & Associates

Jimmy Damon
Damon Entertainment Marketing, Inc.

John Dietzen
Oppenheimer Co., Inc.

David Duerkop

Howard Ecker
Howard Ecker & Company

Ejaz Elahi
Dresner Partners

Paul Erbach
Komatsu America Corp.

John S. Gallop
Advisory Research

Tonya Harris
Northern Trust

Donna F. Hartl
Golan & Christie LLP

Andrew Hochberg
Next Realty

Louis A. Holland, Jr.
Cumota, LLC


Kenny Johnson
OwensMorris Communications

Michelle Johnson

Michael Kolody

Kenneth Leonard
Dymas Capital Management

Mehul Patel
Apollo Global

G. Gale Roberson, Jr

Brent Rosenbower
Sudler Sotheby's International Realty

Bill Sloyan
OCE Business Services

Jonathan H. Webb
Green Pastures Partners

Suzette Webb
LOM Group, LLC

Ron Whitley


President & CEO
Andrew Abrahams

Vice President of Programs
Larry Alexander

Vice President of Grants & Contracts
Sheri Gibson

Vice President of Finance
Darnella Moore-Lambi

Vice President of Development
Janet Gow

Director of Employer Services
Roger Peden

Public Relations & Special Events Director
Kristin Gudenrath

Director of Admissions/Intake
Joyce Mister

Manager of Volunteer Services
Emily Drake

Manager of GED Services
Katirose Bittig