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THE Evanston Work Ethic Program


Full-Scope Support for Career & Technical Students

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THE Evanston Work Ethic Program


Full-Scope Support for Career & Technical Students


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About


We Serve Career-Minded Evanston Youth

About


We Serve Career-Minded Evanston Youth

The Evanston Work Ethic Program recognizes that every strong community needs a strong and skilled workforce to ensure diverse opportunities and economic stability.  However, not every high school student wants to attend a four-year college to obtain advanced skills and launch a successful, productive career. All ambitious students deserve respect, support and access to training/certification as they prepare for a chosen profession. The goal of the Evanston Work Ethic Program (WE Program) is to help ETHS students improve their career and technical employment outcomes while meeting the needs of local employers and growing sectors and industries.

The Evanston WE Program provides:

  • mentoring

  • work-ready training

  • tuition stipends and financial aid access ...

to ambitious Evanston Township High School students who will pursue and enroll in an accredited vocational or technical program.  

The Evanston WE Program will collaborate with strong community partners to identify our targeted students and deliver programs efficiently. 

Students are inducted their junior year of high school, matched 1:1 with a career-related mentor,  and participate in a supportive and sequential curriculum of career readiness seminars and apprenticeships throughout their junior and senior years. 

A candidate may attend a community college, vocational school, trade school, apprenticeship or other short-term training program in fields such as:

  • automotive technology

  • cosmetology

  • culinary

  • healthcare

  • manufacturing

  • technology

  • transportation

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Become a Mentor


Become a Mentor


The Evanston WE Program pairs adult mentors with students according to mutual industry interest and experience. For example, a student seeking a career in the automotive field will be matched with a technician, manufacturer or dealership professional.  Mentors are a critical aspect of our program and an incredible resource to our under-resourced youth throughout their junior and senior years of high school, training and career placement. We ask that Evanston WE Program mentors meet or speak with their student twice each month.

Our mentors offer advice and encouragement as the student navigates the path toward becoming certified and ultimately employed in his/her chosen field. In addition, we ask that each mentor help the student find a paid summer position related to the stated industry of interest between the student’s junior and senior year of high school.  A small investment of your time will change the lives of these deserving Chicago students. 

Please contact our Founder, Hecky Powell, or Executive Director, Natalie Joy, about becoming a mentor.

 

our location

1904 Green Bay Road
Evanston, IL — 60201

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Apply


Apply


Section 1: Personal Information
Name *
Name
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Home Address *
Home Address
Phone *
Phone
Do you receive free or reduced lunch? *
Student lives with (check all that apply) *
Parent/Guardian 1 Name *
Parent/Guardian 1 Name
Work Phone
Work Phone
Cell Phone *
Cell Phone
Parent/Guardian 2 Name
Parent/Guardian 2 Name
Work Phone
Work Phone
Cell Phone
Cell Phone
Section 2: Additional Information
Section 3: Student Essay
Please answer the following questions in 100-200 words:
Section 4: Parent Question
Please answer the following question in one paragraph
Section 5: Teacher or Counselor Reference
Please provide information for a teacher or counselor we can contact. You should also notify them that you gave us their information
Name *
Name
Section 6: Electronic Signature
I certify that the information provided in this application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. Falsification of any information will cause disqualification from the program. Acceptance of the program's membership constitutes permission to use the recipient's name and/or likeness for public relations purposes.
Today's Date *
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