Build Your Workforce

A Talent Pipeline Designed for You

Looking for youth employees who are willing and ready to hit the ground running? SGA’s Workforce Development programs work with Chicago-area businesses to ensure a talent pool of job-ready youth who can meet your organization’s employment needs. 

By hiring youth through SGA’s Workforce Development programs, you are empowering the next generation of Chicago’s workforce to become productive citizens who contribute to the local and global economies. That’s a win-win!

Our Business Services: Free to You!

Hiring Efforts: SGA will offer job fairs, direct referrals and online applications (if applicable) to ensure a large pool of applicants.

Pre-Screening: SGA will pre-screen each youth, ensuring applicants meet your organization’s specific needs. SGA offers application, interview and human resources support through the hiring process, if desired. Note: Hiring is not mandatory.

Orientation & Training: SGA staff will work closely with your management team to create a customized onboarding and continued training plan, ensuring youth assimilate to your organization’s culture and expectations. We provide employability skills training and social-emotional learning for each youth worker; topics include responsibility, communication, collaboration, problem-solving, social awareness, leadership and career development.

Subsidized Placement: SGA will explore opportunities for state and local funding to subsidize the youth’s payroll.

On-Going Support: SGA staff offers support services to both the employer and employee throughout the duration of employment.

Types of Placement

  • Full- or part-time roles
  • Seasonal or on-going positions
  • May lead to permanent employment offer
  • Cannot displace current employee hours
  • Cannot impair existing contracts or collective bargaining

Next Steps

Interested in learning more? Our next steps include completing initial documentation followed by a site visit to your workplace. 

Keep in Touch

Sign up here to receive monthly SGA updates, event information and news.