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Illinois Youth Investment Program

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Haven has embarked on a new opportunity to help support at-risk youth, ages 16-24, with an integrated approach to employment opportunities through job training, life skills, career advising, and social emotional support.  The goal of our IYIP program is to provide each participant with a safe place to learn, grow, achieve, and feel like they belong without judgment.


If interested in applying for a position with IYIP please read below for requirements and benefits:


-Must be between the ages of 16-24.

-Both in-school youth and out-of-school youth can participate. 

-Youth must have at least one risk factor that may make it hard to get or keep a job.

-LGBTQ+ youth and LGBTQ+ youth of color encouraged to apply.

-Youth must be an Illinois resident and live in Lake County or one of the following suburbs: Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield.

-Youth will be required to complete an I9 Form.

-Full and part-time paid job placements. 

-Case management services to include life skills, counseling, social emotional support and work readiness training.


Please click here for application:  DHS Youth Partners Apply Online (


If interested in partnering with Haven and our IYIP program, please read below for additional information:


Haven has been working towards cultivating protective factors through interventions, employment opportunities, housing, and health programming to nurture resilience and growth in the face of cultural stigma, and we hope you will consider partnering with us.  Your work site or organization could help build the tools these young people need while surrounding them in an affirming and positive environment.


Haven will:

-Recruit participants.

-Guide participants along the way in the areas mentioned above.

-Provide each participant with their own case manager who will work directly with you.

-Provide your staff with sensitivity training opportunities.

-Will attend trainings, interviews, and employee orientations as necessary with participant.


If interested or to further discuss details of the program, please do not hesitate to contact the IYIP Program Manager, Kate Versage at or 224-436-8002.