Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center

773-688-5335

4540 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago IL 60624 US

Adult and Youth Opportunities

In our constant quest to rebuild community and provide different avenues for opportunity, we have compiled a list of resources that will be added to daily to help you and your family. If you know of any resources please feel free to contact us via the contact form and list the resources and contact information and we will be glad to list them on our site.

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing more than 2.3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve.

Individuals interested in joining AmeriCorps, including AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, and AmeriCorps State and National, should contact the National Service Hotline at 1-800-942-2677 or via webform at https://questions.nationalservice.gov.  

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​Dawson Technical Institute (DTI) of Kennedy-King College

DTI is an academic job training center for Construction Technology careers established in 1968. Named after U.S. Congressman William L. Dawson, DTI is recognized for providing top quality job training and construction industry career development.

Tuition Free

Contact Information:

Phone: (773) 602-5555
Fax: 773-451-2160
3901 South State Street
Chicago, IL  60609
http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/kennedy/departments/Pages/Dawson-Technical-Institute.aspx

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Community Assistance Programs

Community Assistance Programs (CAPs) is a not-for-profit employment agency that provides employment training and job placement services. The tools to identify the skills and education you may need. Services include: interviewing techniques to help you win the job; transportation assistance and other allowable work-related expenses for those who qualify; paid work for on-the-job training; caseworker assistance; and methods to help participants get and keep the job. 

Contact:
Community Assistance Programs
Administrative Offices (other sites)
11715 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60628
(773) 468-1993 (voice)
(773) 468-1983 (fax)
Web Site: 
www.capsinc.org/default.asp?contentID=1
Email: AskUs@Capsinc.org
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Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights

The Transitional Jobs – Re-Entry program places participants in subsidized employment for 20-30 hours per week at the minimum wage over a 3 to 6 month period. The program combines skill building and meaningful work experience with supportive services to successfully transition participants with felony convictions into the workforce. The program includes job readiness training to assist in resume preparation, interviewing skills, job leads, and a core curriculum to review job expectations.
 

Contact:
Heartland Alliance
1525 East Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago IL 60615
Phone: 773.624.6148 X 1914
Fax: 773.324.9206 or 773.324.9207
Web Site: 
www.heartlandalliance.org/whatwedo/our-programs/directory/transitional-jobs-re-entry.html
Email: tjreentry@heartlandalliance.org
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Howard Area Community Center

The Education and Employment Program is dedicated to helping adults acquire the academic, employability, and life skills they need to achieve meaningful employment and economic self-sufficiency. The program offers adult education classes and operates an Employment Resource Center that assists people with their employment needs.

Contact:
Howard Area Community Center
7648 N. Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773.262.6622
Fax: 773.262.6645
Web Site: 
http://howardarea.org/
Email: info@howardarea.org
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Illinois Employment and Training Centers

Illinois Employment and Training Centers offer career counseling, including personalized career planning, interest and skills testing, resume development, and interviewing skills assistance. Computers, printers, fax machines and copiers are also available for use in job searches.

Contact:
Workforce Development 
Illinois Department of Employment Security 
850 East Madison Street 
Springfield, IL 62702 
888-337-7234 (IDES Telephone Information System) or 888-367-4382 (IETC Offi 
Web Site: 
www.ides.state.il.us/
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Inspiration Corporation

Inspiration Corporation’s employment project offers career services, employment preparation training, tuition subsidies, employer outreach, and job placement and retention services throughout Chicago.

Contact:
Inspiration Corporation
4554 N. Broadway
Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-878-0981
Fax: 773-878-3114
Web Site: 
http://www.inspirationcorp.org/
Email: info@inspirationcorp.org
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North Lawndale Employment Network

The North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) Resource Center Resource provides participants with tools and information that allow them to conduct a comprehensive employment search using Internet access, fax and photo-copy machines, and voicemail boxes. NLEN also participates in a transitional jobs program.

 Contact:
North Lawndale Employment Network
Resource Center
3726 West Flournoy 
Chicago, Il 60624 
Phone: 773-638-1825
Web Site: 
http://www.nlen.org/
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Phalanx Family Services

Phalanx helps people with criminal records developing marketable skills through On-the-Job Work Experience, Vocational Training, and Work & Life Readiness classes. They provide exclusive job development, placement, and retention services to help secure and maintain employment. They also encourage GED, ABE, and/or Literacy Education as important keys to employability and success.

Contact:
Phalanx Family Services
4628 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 261-5600
Fax 773-261-5100 
Fax 773-779-1434
Web Site: 
www.phalanxgrpservices.org
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Prison Action Committee/Community Re-Entry Program (CRP)

Prison Action Committee/Community Re-Entry (CRP) is dedicated to assisting returned offenders in making successful transitions back into family and community life. The CRP will create training and job opportunities for returning offenders, based upon their knowledge and skills. The program structure of the CRP consists of four components: Mental health development; GED/vocational training (specifically areas where people have obtained some training while in prison); job creation/business ventures; and low-income housing development

Contact:
Prison Action Committee/Community Re-Entry Program 
661 East 79th Street 
Chicago, IL 60619 
773-874-7390 
773-874-7392 fax 
Web Site: 
www.members.tripod.com/TheFreedomTrain
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Roosevelt’s University’s Life Skills Reentry Program in Chicago

Safer Foundation

The Safer Foundation is a not-for-profit community-based organization that works with incarcerated offenders, parolees and individuals with criminal histories to ensure their successful rehabilitation and return to the community. Safer offers peer-center teaching that focuses on education, job training, social skills, and job placement support. It also offers specialized case management and post placement support for a full year following job placement.

Contact:
Educational Services 
Safer Foundation 
609 West Adams 
Chicago, IL 60661 
312-575-3271 
312-575-3274 fax 
Web Site: 
www.saferfoundation.org
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St. Leonard’s Ministries

St. Leonard’s Ministries developed the Michael Barlow Center to provide education, training, and job placement services for formerly incarcerated men and women. 

Contact:
St. Leonard’s Ministries
Michael Barlow Center
2120 West Warren Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
P: 312-738-1414
F: 312-738-1417
Web Site: 
www.slministries.org/
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STRIVE Chicago Employment Service, Inc. - South

STRIVE provides the following programs: (1) Job Readiness Training Program, a free four-week training that prepares individuals to enter the workforce and build stable work histories; (2) Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Health Care Industry, in which participants receive paid on-the-job training, certificate of completion, state certification and employee benefits (this program is not available to people with felony convictions or current drug use); (3) Fathers at Work Initiative, designed to assist non-custodial fathers with placement assistance, post-placement services, support services, and career advancement services; (4) Food Placement, a free four-week training program with Eurest Dining Services located at Roosevelt University, during which clients receive experience in Food Service, and receive a certificate of completion for each component successfully completed; (5) Hospitality Academy, a free high quality employment training to career oriented individuals who are seeking employment within the hospitality industry; (6) Women Focus Groups; and (7) a Walgreens Training Program, a partnership between STRIVE and Walgreens drug stores to provide on-site customer service/retail training.

Contact:
STRIVE South 
4910 South King Drive 
Chicago, IL 60615 
312-624-9700 
312-624-9734 fax